Word Games for Kids - Futaba 4+

INKids Education LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 3.4 • 7 Ratings
    • $0.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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If you're looking for a fantastic multiplayer game AND a fun way to help children learn new words, look no further....

Futaba is a 4 player game designed for kids. This outrageously fun word quiz game can be used at home or in the classroom as a entertaining way to build language skills. 


It's perfect for children 4-8 and is ideal for supporting class room activities of all types (or just as fun to play at home!). Futaba is a great way to learn a 2nd language learner or you could even use it in your history class.

The idea is simple; Each player takes a seat around the iPad and taps in to start. The game begins as images zoom into the playing area. The first player to match the word to the image scores a point. Win 3 rounds and you'll be awarded a giant (but very friendly) seedling...

Futaba (Japanese for 'seedling") was originally conceived by Dave Wingler, from Osaka Kunei Girls' Junior and Senior High in Osaka, Japan. The idea was to provide a simple and fun way for ESL students to practice learning words in a classroom environment. After contacting INKids, we decided to build the Futaba game so it could not only be used in Dave's classroom, but in homes and classrooms throughout the world. 

Futaba comes with over 100 wonderful hand drawn illustrations, professional audio soundtracks and has high quality visuals (just check the screen shots below).


Parents, teachers and even students themselves can create their own content by using either the built in camera, the camera roll by copying images to iTunes. NEW: Dropbox account holders can also upload new images via the drop!

This is only available in the full version. Future support is planned for iCloud.

If you have any questions, or would like to let us know about how you are using Futaba in your school please email futaba@inkids.com.au

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What’s New

Version 1.6.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Bug fix.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ESL teacher 2 ,


A cute game, but before I use it with students I would want to see a couple of fixes. Firstly, please get rid of the uppercase letters at the beginning of all the words. Teachers spend a lot of time teaching kids when to use them - at the beginning of sentences or proper nouns - and it would be helpful if this game followed the rules! Secondly, could you make it a little harder for kids to guess by sometimes having 2 or more of the word choices begin with the same letter? (I do like the fact that if kids do guess they only get one chance, but if only one word begins with that sound it is too easy to guess correctly!)

iWantexcellence ,

Very Intelligent

This app is quite good - fun for kids of all ages, and has tremendous potential in schools and learning settings. The Dropbox feature is nice for expanding content. Don't avoid it because some dope gives low ratings based their expectation to get something for nothing. I paid $1.99 for the pro or full version after seeing my own kids (5, 3, and 2 years old) very engaged with the two-player sample version. I teach middle school and the kids enjoy the interface. I look forward to updates and using it for reviews of material. Thanks for making it open to user content.

ChristelJayne ,

Glad I'm not the only one

I LOVE this game and use it all the time in my ELL classes, but since the most recent update, it doesn't work anymore! (Unfortunately, I discovered this when I pulled out the iPad to play Futaba with students.) I am glad I'm not the only one who is having problems. Please fix the app so that I can use it again!

As a general review, this game is great for quick word/picture association practice. It's awesome because it is completely customizable with words and images of your own. My students (elementary) love playing this game.

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