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Reading fluency is on the way with this marvelous merging of physical and digital play. Square Panda's fabulously fun educational apps for the iPad interact beautifully with this phonics playset's physical components, which include a game board-like base unit and 45 tactile letter manipulatives. Kids place these 'smart letters' into slots in the board while playing onscreen games that include island bowling with a coconut and an amusingly goofy chameleon who helps explore letter combinations and the sounds that result. The app provides immediate feedback to the child's physical interactions with the letters and board. Audio pronunciations work in conjunction with a wide array of graphics and animations to build and reinforce vocabulary and comprehension. The apps' game-play evokes frequent smiles and outright laughter, making them as engaging as they are instructive, a joyful melding of fun and learning that holds kids riveted while they play and learn.