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Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps

By Teach Monster Games Ltd.

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Over 75,000 parents and teachers have helped their children learn to read with this BAFTA-nominated educational game, now available on iPad.

“An out-of-this-world introduction to synthetic phonics” - The Times Educational Supplement

“Inspiring” - The Guardian Newspaper

“There is nothing else of this standard available for teachers or parents.” - Katie Hanley, Senior Teacher KS1 / Language and Literacy Leader


Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps is a phonics-based reading game for children aged 3-6.

Create your own monster and take it on an adventure through a magical world. Travel to colourful places, meet the mysterious Island Kings and collect rewards as your monster learns the first steps of reading.

The game helps children to develop speed and accuracy of letter recognition, plus developing their ability to blend and segment words.

It was created and developed by The Usborne Foundation, a charitable fund set up by Peter Usborne of Usborne Publishing. The game has been designed in collaboration with academics from Roehampton University and features Simon Farnaby from BBC’s Horrible Histories.

It's a great way to practise the first steps of reading.

Watch the trailer:

***This app does not connect with the online game and it only supports one account. We will be launching this new feature in September 2015.****


- Suitable for ages 3-6
- 31 letter-sounds to practise, developing speed and accuracy of letter recognition
- Children work through one sound at a time, then rehearse them again later as they go through the game
- Lots of blending and segmenting practice
- Designed in collaboration with phonics experts from Roehampton University
- Complements Phases 2-3 of UK Government approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes
- Beautifully animated monsters and unique interactive world
- Lots of great rewards for players to collect
- Featuring the voice of Simon Farnaby from BBC’s Horrible Histories
- Absolutely no In-App Purchases, hidden costs or in-game adverts

Reviews of the online game:

"This game is the absolute best quality phonics game I have come across for educational and fun value."

Marie Lewis, Rochdale

“Thank you so much for your wonderful game. I'd tried every resource available to me, but my son had zero interest in learning to read. After playing for two days he was focused and ready to start learning. He's already reading simple words and he's excited about reading!”

Alicia Lott, Parent

“Thank you so much for this game! It really is amazing, cute, funny and full of so much learning. I love seeing the students learn and improve from a game, which is just perfect for children. You deserve all the awards you get.”

Mary Allen, TEFL Teacher in China

"I started my five year old on it and noticed very positive improvements right away!"

Kari Earwood - Parent

“If you teach infants or children in the first stages of learning to read, sign them up straight away and watch them have a ball while teaching their monster to read. As well as recognising letters and sounds, the game teaches children to blend and segment. An engaging, fun and progressive game.”

sites4primary (Educational Resource Website)

"This is a fabulous game. I'm not kidding when I say that my daughter essentially learned all her letter sounds using First Steps, with relatively minimal input from me! Great for parents to practise their letter sounds too."

Eleanor Jones

How is Teach Your Monster to Read educational?
Roehampton University talk about the educational value of the game.

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Customer Reviews

So excited, but...

I was SO excited to find out there was an iPad version of this game. The web version is great and my students love it. However, I was very disappointed when I learned they can't use their web id and password to play. AND you can't play with multiple monsters. Therefore, my students will have to start all over and use the same monster. So, where they left off on the iPad may not be where they are the next time it is their turn to use it.

Perfect app for pre k and kindergarden

My daughter and nephews play this game. It helps them learn letter sounds and blending in a fun and engaging way. They love to play this game and never feel like it's work! I couldn't be happier. Can't wait for the next app. Worth every penny.

Close to awesome, but...

This app is a ton of fun and very well made. The only issue is that in order to replay you have to uninstall and reinstall. Those are the actual instructions. How silly is that? How easy to change. Seems thoughtless and I'll considered.

Teach Your Monster to Read: First Steps
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Education
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 33.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
  • Seller:
Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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