Play 2 Learn – Review and Giveaway
Reviewed by Grace
Play 2 Learn by Speech2teach is a straightforward sound and picture matching app for practicing listening and auditory discrimination skills. Close to 90 pairs of sound and corresponding pictures of everyday items and occurrences are included in this app. For the purpose of this review, this iPhone app was played on an iPad using the 2x mode.
This app is easy to play. To start, tap the ‘Play’ button to hear the sound to be matched and ask your child to find the corresponding picture out of the nine shown in a deck. To listen to the sound again, just tap the ‘Repeat’ button. If your child gets it right, he will be rewarded with an audio reinforcement and see the picture being enlarged. You then tap the ‘Play’ button again to proceed to the next sound. If the wrong picture was chosen, a muted audio feedback will be heard and your child will have to try again.
Pictures are randomly shown in a deck but you can add some challenging fun by shuffling the 9 pictures in a deck during play or even shuffle all the pictures in a deck. Some sounds are rather similar and your child may need your help to discriminate one sound from another. It would be helpful if you point out the sounds that your child hears on a daily basis to sharpen his listening and observation skills.
Overall, Play 2 Learn is a useful app for exercising auditory discrimination skills and for learning the sounds that are made by different animals, objects and daily occurrences which our children (and ourselves too) may take for granted.