Bored Grizzly Tangram HD
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bored Grizzly Tangram HD is a good adaptation of the children's game involving seven tiles of different sizes and shapes (squares, triangles, and a parallelogram) that must be arranged to fit the outline of a shape. Tangram puzzles are sometimes used as brainteaser or IQ assessment games. This free app includes 147 puzzles that look like people, animals, and household objects, with 150 more puzzles available through a $.99 in-app purchase. There is a banner advertisement on every page for other games and other commercial products. There are no instructions or easy introductory puzzles, so it's best to play together until your kid understands how to play.
What's it about?
Tangrams are a Chinese puzzle, sometimes called "seven clever pieces," as the tangram is made from a square cut into seven pieces -- a small square, two small isosceles triangles, a medium-sized isosceles triangle, two large isosceles triangles, and a parallelogram -- and then arranged into other shapes. Kids choose their tangram form from puzzles of people, animals, or household items and drag and drop the shapes to create the new shape. More puzzles are available for purchase, but the 147 available will keep players challenged for quite a while. Puzzles are timed, and best times are tracked.
Is it any good?
The tile version of this game is great for developing spatial problem-solving skills. This app is a good adaptation, with a lot of potential for playing together. The puzzles are tricky enough to engage adults, and kids will learn more by naming the shapes and discussing what the puzzles could represent. Playing together will also help kids learn to play the game, since there are no instructions or hints. Overall, this is a good use of time and has a lot of puzzles for free. Just watch out for ads! For younger players, check out My First Tangrams HD.
Families can talk about...
Help kids make their own tangram from a square of paper.
Play together with younger kids. The puzzles are tricky enough to engage adults, and kids will learn more by naming the shapes and discussing what the puzzles could represent.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Math: geometry, shapes|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, thinking critically|
|Release date:||June 8, 2011|
|Publisher:||Bored Grizzly LLP|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.0 or later|