Doodle Math: Shapes

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Well-rounded, fun activities thoroughly cover shapes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify common shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, pentagons, trapezoids, semicircles, 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 by 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 Math: Shapes helps kids learn shapes through a variety of fun activities and repetition.

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

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Links to other apps are in the parent section hidden behind multiplication problem; in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doodle Math: Shapes includes six activities to introduce kids to shapes. Kids will learn about circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, trapezoids, semicircles, 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. Kids can play in English or Korean. 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?

Six activities get kids interacting with shapes in a variety of ways in DOODLE MATH: SHAPES. Take the journey by starting with meeting each shape character, tapping the corners, and then tracing the shape while hearing its characteristics. Then use that shape to complete an animal puzzle to see different sizes and orientations of each shape. Kids will 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. A "shop" section advertises all the available in-app purchases.

Is it any good?

Go beyond helping kids learn to identify basic shapes and get them experimenting with how shapes come together to create more complex creations. Kids identify and interact with shapes in multiple sizes, forms, orientations, and contexts; for example, a triangle isn't only the standard equilateral triangle, nor does a pentagon always have five equal sides. This concept would be even more clear if there were a bit more explicit teaching about which features define each shape. Because the verbal feedback and information about each shape reinforce what kids are learning, they'll need to keep the sound on. Fortunately, the music has a separate off switch, and 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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Math: shapes
    Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, part-whole relationships, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Includes in-app purchases)
  • Release date: August 27, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 67.10 MB
  • Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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