Busy Shapes 2

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Simply brilliant puzzler develops critical thinking.

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age 5+
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Educational Value

Kids develop logic and reasoning skills as they explore and manipulate the digital playground, moving objects through different substances, putting them into the correct holes, and using tools to get objects into the right position.

Ease of Play

No instructions. Kids have unlimited chances to try and retry each level.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Busy Shapes 2 expands the cognitive challenges of the Busy Shapes playground, adding new tools, obstacles, and challenges. You can create up to 40 player profiles and monitor how long kids play and which levels they've completed. No personal information is collected from kids, but parents can create an account that allows them to keep track of how kids are playing the game from any device. More details are in the privacy policy. No language or reading is needed to play, but the app is available in more than a dozen languages.

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What's it about?

BUSY SHAPES 2 starts off with one hole and one object. Kids drag the object into the hole, and then, as if they've fallen into another world, a new object and hole appear in a different setting. The challenge increases, with multiple objects and holes of different shapes, moving objects, obstacles to get around or to move, and finally the need to use tools to move the objects. There’s no direction and no help. Kids must explore and discover on their own how to get the objects into the holes. Play continues until kids stop.

Is it any good?

This elegant game is ageless, challenging, and entertaining from preschool to adults. Busy Shapes 2 lets kids learn about their world by exploring and manipulating it. It has lots of features in place to make it easy for the youngest users to play without crashing or accidentally swiping out of the app and uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust to keep kids challenged. It isn't about learning the names of the shapes. Instead, it's about developing an awareness of how objects relate to each other and how they can affect the objects and the world around them. And the fact that kids can retry levels over and over makes it super friendly for little kids and a great first app for tiny fingers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different approaches to solving problems in Busy Shapes 2. Point out to kids that failure doesn't end the game. It just means they have to try a different solution.

  • Give kids the opportunity to discover, explore, and learn from trial and error through play in real life. Offscreen play is important for developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • As much as possible, sit and play with your kid to increase the impact of learning potential.

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