Square Panda Review (Square Panda)

Square Panda
What It Is

Get ready to play in an interactive way with Square Panda. This is a phonics playset for use with a tablet. What you get in the playset is the base unit with storage space for the 45 smart letters and access to the series of Square Panda apps. Every app is designed to help kids with key reading readiness skills, and the apps interact with the playset's smart letters to drive interactive play and make what kids see on the tablet screen come to life.

In the Bowling app, which is for ages 2 to 5, kids bowl a coconut to discover letters hiding under stones. Each letter kids uncover is used to spell a word. Once kids spell the word, they hear the word pronounced and see an image of that word. The curriculum in this app is all about letter identification, phonemic sounds, and vocabulary. 

Letter Lab is also for ages 2 to 5, and in this app, kids manipulate letters with robots to spell words. Kids must find the letter that makes the given sound, and once they do, they get to change the color of the letter, among other fun effects, before adding it to the word they're building. This app is designed to reinforce letter identification, phonemic sounds, and encoding and decoding. 

For kids ages 4 to 8, there's Lagoon. In this app, kids enter any combination of words, real or invented, and if it's a real word, the chameleon will say the word and, in some instances, surprise the child with a picture of the word. This app is designed to promote phonemic sounds, first words, and reading fluency.

Seven additional free Square Panda apps are also available with more to come, but not all are iOS and Android compatible.

There is also an online Parent Playground where parents can keep track of their child's progress through the apps.

Is It Fun?

The interaction between the app and the letters will be very intriguing to kids who will like seeing the letters appear and move around on the tablet screen as they play. And kids will also like playing the fun activities and games within each app. With so many apps available that interact with the Square Panda letters, there will be a lot of repeat play, and we like that the apps are for different age levels so that kids can continue to play with Square Panda as they grow. 

Who It’s For

Square Panda is for ages 2 to 8. The learning content within each app is for children within a different age range, so this one playset can be used by a child as he or she grows.

What To Be Aware Of

This is compatible with iPad3 and newer, iPad mini 2 and newer, and Android tablets with Bluetooth 4.0. A tablet is not included.

This comes with four AA batteries, a base unit, a storage lid, 45 letters, and a user guide.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    4 AA batteries required