A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: persevering
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 22, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 397.00 MB
- Publisher: EDOKI ACADEMY
- Version: 1.04
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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