Alphabet Zoo spotted on 60 Minutes!

"Awesome and simple app for teaching kids to recognize letter-sounds"
-Educational Game Review

"Creative and entertaining pre-literacy app"

Alphabet Zoo is designed and reviewed by educators to teach children letter-sound association, an essential skill for learning to read. More importantly, kids have fun playing with the animals and creative sounds without even realizing they're learning.

Letter-sound association, or teaching children what sounds the letters make, is the first step to preparing children to be successful readers. The Congressionally-mandated National Reading Panel concluded that children who have “phonics instruction read better and spell better than other children”. Understanding letter-sounds is much more than being able to simply recite the alphabet, but actually understanding the sounds that the letters make in context of real words.

The app is primarily aimed at preschool kids between the ages of 2 and 5. The competencies in Alphabet Zoo are aligned to the US Common Core curriculum standards for phonics and word recognition under Foundational Skills for Reading at the kindergarten level.

What’s New

Version 1.5

New menu that hides so children don't inadvertently change screens
better touch/scroll interaction
new letters, better look

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Martyek ,

Yassss that porcupine.

My son and I have laughed at this app for years (he’s 9 now). Not necessarily that educational but man we’ve laughed at the sounds, of course the porcupine is the best. I’ve played it for so so many of my friends. Was just going to play it for some other friends and app needs to be updated. 😢

VHerring ,

The porcupine!

I came back to download it just to hear that porcupine again and I can’t get because of the update 😭 this was seriously the best! I have it on my old iPad but the sound isn’t working for some reason on just this app. Oh what I would do to just hear the porcupine again.

Cbrydges_6 ,

Alphabet zoo

I like this App for my preschool students but is there a way to get all options without continually having to make in app purchases . Would like to use it in the classroom. Also wondering if there is a way to create a class list to see all students' performance.


Third Rail Games LLC
30.9 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Third Rail Games
In-App Purchases
  1. Assessment Module $0.99
  2. Trucks Theme $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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