Sunday, 17 February 2013

Learn To Read With The Alphablocks: Volume 1 DVD Review

Childrens, Animated, Educational


Features The Voices of Teresa Gallagher, David Holt and Lizzie Waterworth


Alphablocks is a series of adventures that invites you and your child to play with phonics. It is aimed at three-to six-year-olds and its simple purpose is to entertain and show that wordplay can be a lot of fun. It is based on best-practice phonics teaching, helping young children to develop confidence and encouraging engagement with reading and making words.

Special Features
  • Alphablocks A-Z
  • Parent's Guide

It wasn't that long ago that I was talking online to someone about the severe lack of television shows that were educational yet at the same time fun for children.

Well after finding this show, I am more than prepared to take back that statement.

What we have here is a simply yet engagingly animated television show about a group of letters that when hold hands together discover they can make words.

While that might not sound brilliant on paper, you'd be majorly underestimating the simple brilliance of the show.  Each letter introduces themselves using their sound in the phonics library as well as spelling each word they make that way too.  My three year old son was absolutely fascinated and loved joining in when the letters were combining to make the words.

The little adventures the letters go on are fun and really held my sons attention.  In fact, I would even go so far as to say that they made learning phonics fun.

Also each of the characters have their own distinct personalities as well so that also made it easier to tell each letter apart.  Combine that with the brilliant way that they use the phonic sounds of each letter and the various little stories that go with the words that they make, the young viewers will absolutely love learning their letters.

There are also some great moments where the parents can join in with proceedings too but without making the stories seem disjointed to the little ones.

There's a fabulous parent's guide as well that not only explains about the show itself but also explains the use of phonics for anyone that isn't all that familiar with it.

Speaking as a parent, I can't recommend this DVD release high enough.  It's fun, it's educational and it held my sons attention all the way through.  You can't really ask for more than that can you?

Movie 4/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 3/5
Overall 15/20

Learn To Read With Alphablocks: Volume 1 is out to buy from all good DVD stockists from 25th February.


  1. Yes, I agree there is some value in educational DVD's. I would rather see a child watching that than watching a cartoon show. Still we need to be careful to balance video with the human interaction of mom/caregiver holding a book and reading/teaching the child face to face.

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