Product Review of Alien Buddies
Alien Buddies helps kids learn about shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. The aliens are cute, and they bop around and make funny noises, like “Oh, no!” when moved incorrectly and “All, right! Whee!” when they end up in the right place. That said, mastering all the levels in all the games may not take kids very long, as the games aren’t very challenging. Kids could even stumble into correct answers by dragging and dropping aliens indiscriminately.
Both the puzzle and dot-to-dot games offer 18 choices. To make a puzzle, kids choose from four-, six-, or eight-piece games and make a picture of an alien. In the dot-to-dot games, kids form pictures by connecting numbers in the proper order.
Teachers may find Alien Buddies useful for kindergartners struggling with basic concepts like shapes, colors, numbers, or letters. The games are pretty straightforward, so early readers will get straight to the concepts. If kids seem to be improving, teachers (or learners) can up their challenge in a few ways, such as with uppercase and lowercase letters and number ranges.
You can’t create separate accounts for different learners, but you can “reset all” in the parents’ section on the home screen to restart when a different student starts.
Of note are some core pre-reading concepts that learners learn through four games: match, puzzle, dot-to-dot, and stickers. In the match game that has eight short rounds, kids load aliens onto the correct spaceship by matching color, shape, number, or letter. They can match by looking or click an object to hear its name spoken and then find the corresponding alien or ship.
Students can vary how much they’re challenged in some ways. In the letter match game, they can focus on either lowercase or uppercase letters, or match lowercase to uppercase. In the number match, they can increase their range from 1 to 10, to 1 to 20, to 1 to 50. In all games, kids can earn stickers, and in the stickers game they get to use them.
Overall User Consensus About the App
The four games in Alien Buddies are fun and easy to play, but they might be too easy.
Curriculum and Instruction
Kids could concentrate and get the right answers, but they could also master each level by randomly dragging and tapping aliens.
Teacher resources are linked on the home screen, and you can see how and what your learners are doing.