How we used this:
I set up accounts for both Mr. B and Little Princess, his little sister. She is 4.5, and also has autism. I also sat up a 3rd account so I could play around myself. These games are a lot of fun, and I actually got caught up playing them myself haha!
Game play is pretty easy to navigate, and the app gives clear instructions. I would suggest helping younger kids. Mr. B had no issues setting us his own character, and navigating the virtual land, but Little Princess needed more guidance.
First you create your own avatar. Of course, I never took a pic of that. After that, you go to the Phonics Museum lobby area. To the left is a game pad icon. That's the "Free Play Room." There, your child can listen to all the little songs they learn in the games, as they play them.
The Elevator is how your child moves between the floors of the museum. They must learn the numbers, as they play, so you're getting number awareness with phonics!
The first floor is focused on the letter A. And it teaches your child how to play. Your child will find letters in paintings, such as a painting of Apples. "A a a a a a Apple!" By exploring the museum, your child will learn letters and sounds, while learning to read. And, they will develop a true love of learning to read, while playing these fun little games.
Why does this work so well?
I really like how each activity is numbered. This makes it easy for your child, especially special needs kids like Mr. B and Little Princess who need a visual chart, to know what to do next. AND, you get the added benefit of number sense being thrown in for good measure.
The paintings stay "locked" until your child finishes the activities for the one before. That's great incentive for them to work through the app so they can see all of the paintings.
Overall, this is a fun app that both Mr. B and Little Princess enjoy. Little Princess, though non verbal, will still sing these songs and repeat them daily. She will point to an Apple and say "A a a a a Apple!" So I know she's learning a lot from this.