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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that CyberChase Shape Quest! helps kids learn about shapes, geometry, spatial reasoning, and problem solving as they play three fun games -- including a printable, augmented-reality board game. Starring the endearing characters from the PBS Kids show Cyberchase, this free app is geared toward kids age 6 to 9 who already know a little about shapes and are ready to apply that information in fun ways.
What's it about?
Tap one of three icons on the main screen: "Patch the Path," "Hide and Seek," and "Feed the Critters." For "Patch the Path," players visit the PBS website and print the gameboard first and then watch and try the tutorial round on the app before trying the augmented-reality game by moving the iPad around to patch paths and catch critters. In "Hide and Seek," the app asks players to tap shapes with certain characteristics among many shapes in a puzzle. Kids practice spacial reasoning as they aim food at hungry animals in "Feed the Critters." Kids earn stars and points and increase in levels as they solve puzzles and answer questions correctly.
Is it any good?
CYBERCHASE SHAPE QUEST! feels like a real adventure and includes hours of quest-like discovery and educational challenge. With more than 80 puzzles and many levels within games, kids' attention stays focused on trying new skills and solving problems as they seek to earn the next round of stars or points and move up levels. All three games are visually bright and interesting and include adorable Cyberchase-themed characters. Instructions skillfully weave critical-thinking and shapes lessons into the basic information kids need to navigate the games.
On the (very small) downside, sometimes loading games and levels takes a while on this app. The augmented-reality game requires going to a website for printing, and its gameplay can feel awkward at first. Once kids get the hang of it, it's just as fun as the other two games, with the added novelty of the printed board. CyberChase Shape Quest! is a super fun, innovative way for kids to explore shapes, spatial relations, and problem solving within a high-quality (free!) educational app and with characters familiar to fans of the show.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about shapes in everyday life. Point out shapes and angles to your kid and encourage them to do the same: Shapes are everywhere!
Visit the PBS Kids Shapequest site and print the board for the "Patch the Path" game to have it ready to go when you introduce the app to your kid.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Math: geometry, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 9, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 199.00 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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