What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doodle Critter Math: Shapes includes six activities to introduce kids to different shapes. Kids will learn about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons through matching, tracing, and puzzle activities. The activities are varied to keep kids interested, and the names and attributes of the shapes are repeated frequently to reinforce learning.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
The shapes come to life for kids through the characters. Kids will be fascinated to see how shapes come together to create the fun animal pictures. The varied activities will keep them engaged.
The activities are varied, but the concepts are repeated so kids remember what they're learning. They'll see each shape in many forms and hear its characteristics described repeatedly.
The instructions are given verbally, one step at a time, so kids can easily follow along. Help is available by tapping the question mark to see screen shot demonstrating what to do and what kids are learning.
What's it about?
Kids start by meeting each shape character, tapping the corners, and then tracing the shape while hearing the its characteristics. Then they use that shape to complete an animal puzzle to expose them to different sizes and orientations of each shape. They'll also sort the shapes by pairing them with matching shapes and match shapes to real-world objects. One puzzle activity mixes different shapes to make pictures of animals, and another has kids find and tap the shapes in a picture. Kids also put their memories to the test finding hidden shapes.
Is it any good?
DOODLE CRITTER MATH: SHAPES goes beyond helping kids learn to identify basic shapes and shows them how shapes come together to create more complex creations and has them identify shapes in the real world. Because the verbal feedback and information about each shape reinforce what kids are learning, they'll need to keep the sound on. Fortunately, the narrator's voice is pleasant and very positive. The six activities manage to hit the sweet spot with enough variety to keep kids engaged with the repetition needed to help them remember.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about different ways to play with shapes. Put a twist on "I spy" and play using shapes instead of colors.
Incorporate various shapes and sizes of wooden blocks into kids' play. They'll develop hand strength and fine motor skills for developing writing and improve spatial awareness and understanding of shapes.