# Doodle Critter Math: Shapes

## Common Sense Media says

Well-rounded, fun activities thoroughly cover shapes.

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## What parents need to know

Ease of play

Verbal instructions guide kids through each step of the activities, and visual cues prompt them when needed.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Links to other apps are in the parent section, hidden behind a kid-lock screen that requires answering a multiplication problem.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The plain-language privacy policy explains that the app doesn't collect location or usage data. No personal information is requested in this app, but, in the developer's apps that do collect it for usernames, it's stored locally.

## 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.

• shapes

• drawing

## Skills

### Thinking & Reasoning

• logic
• part-whole relationships
• solving puzzles
• thinking critically

## Engagement

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.

## Learning Approach

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.

## Support

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.

• shapes

• drawing

## Skills

### Thinking & Reasoning

• logic
• part-whole relationships
• solving puzzles
• thinking critically

Kids can learn to identify common shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons. They'll recognize the shapes, learn their qualities, and practice forming them. Seeing the shapes in real-world pictures reinforces learning, and kids will pick up some art skills, too, seeing the many drawings of animals that can be created simply putting together different shapes. The activities are excellent early-literacy builders, helping kids sort and match objects. The narrator encourages kids and teaches them as they play. Doodle Critter Math: Shapes helps kids learn shapes through a variety of fun activities and repetition.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

## 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?

QUALITY

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.

## App details

 Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Price: \$2.99 Pricing structure: Paid Release date: April 17, 2014 Category: Education Size: 73.50 MB Publisher: NCsoft Version: 1.0.1 Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later

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• ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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• OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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### Learning ratings

• Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
• Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
• Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
• Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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• Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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