CleverBooks Geometry

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Not in perfect shape but cool use of AR.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Geometric shapes, fractions, and using augmented reality technology.

Ease of Play

Easy to use, once you download and print the required "cards" from the developer's website. Quiz is simple multiple choice. Game requires in-app purchase.

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The in-app game (a modified version of the free quiz) requires in-app purchase. App Store access not parent-gate protected on the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that CleverBooks Geometry includes a quiz, a game, and an augmented reality (AR) feature to help kids visualize 3D shapes. To use the AR feature, users must print paper cards from the developer's website and then use their device's camera to watch the shape "appear" in their real-life environment. The quiz features multiple-choice questions narrated in a kid's voice about shapes, fractions, and more. A $1.99 in-app purchase offers an enhanced version of the quiz. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use CLEVERBOOKS GEOMETRY, tap Shapes, Test, or Game. To use the app's AR shapes feature, first print the game cards. Focus your device's camera on the card and watch the 3D shape "pop" onto the screen. Tap the options on the side of the screen to highlight the different properties of the 3D shape. To take the test, listen to or read the question, view the visual clue, and then tap on the correct multiple-choice answer. To play the game, buy it via $1.99 in-app purchase.

Is it any good?

Augmented reality magic can help kids conceptualize how 3D shapes look in real-life space, but there are some flaws. CleverBooks Geometry requires users to download and print special cards to use the AR feature, which is an unusually bulky process for an app intended for elementary school-age kids' use. Still, it's fun see the shapes pop into the environment through your device's camera. It's also a nice change to hear a kid's voice reading quiz questions. That said, the multiple-choice quizzes themselves aren't all that well-constructed; the questions' difficulty levels vary widely (the questions "which shape is a circle" and "how many vertices does a tetrahedron have" appear on the same quiz). Overall, CleverBooks Geometry is a decent geometry experience app that could shape up to be even better with some streamlining and improvements.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the meaning of the names of the shapes kids see on CleverBooks Geometry. Help kids learn about why "tetra" (four) forms the word "tetrahedron" or "hex" (six) begins "hexagon."

  • Take learning offline. Encourage your kid to replicate shapes they see on this app using play dough or clay.

  • If your kid struggles with the questions on the quiz, help them use the on-screen visuals that appear with the questions.

App details

For kids who love geometry and math apps

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