GazziliShapes

Common Sense Media says

Cute games best for kids who already know shapes.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids able to follow through with a short series of instructions will have an easier time than those used to more free-form gameplay. Games like stringing a necklace are easiest to master, while putting together shapes on the spaceship is a little harder. Instructions are repeated when kids pause too long, and some suggestions are made -- like dumping over a treasure chest to see what's inside. In the scuba dive activity it's hard to catch the triangle fish, which might frustrate kids.

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Consumerism

On every activity page there's a Twitter icon. Luckily this can be turned off in the settings. A fairly prominent menu button in the upper left-hand corner has a share section where you can click on Facebook and Twitter icons and an envelope that draws up a form email with the subject line "Check out GazziliShapes." Also under settings, there's an info section that links to the company's website, the App Store, and technical support.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GAZZILISHAPES is best for kids who are able to follow a simple string of instructions while recognizing shapes in everyday objects like pizza toppings and beads on a necklace. It's not for toddlers who are just learning their shapes. The first time they play they must do each of the six activities in a particular order, earning a shape each time that completes a picture. After that they can redo their favorites in any order. When kids pause during an activity directions are repeated and hints are given. Thanks to a prominent menu button, it may be easy for kids to click on Twitter, Facebook, or an email link, but luckily a Twitter link that appears on top of each activity page can be turned off in settings. Music, sound effects, and instructions can also be turned off.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting
  • shapes

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Colorful graphics and a fun match-up game mechanic will entertain young children ready to hone their shape-finding skills.

Learning Approach

Kids learn shapes by looking more closely at everyday objects. Rewards encourage them to follow a set of instructions, which can be repeated. Numbers practice is baked-in, when shapes are counted out at the end.

Support

When kids pause during an activity, directions are repeated and hints are given. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • counting
  • shapes

Skills

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn how to look for shapes in everyday objects such as beads in a necklace and aquatic creatures with GazziliShapes. The app isn't for toddlers who are just learning their shapes -- it's for young kids who already know the basics. Kids have a certain number of shapes to find in each activity and must follow simple directions to complete the activity. The characters they're helping spout simple facts about shapes, some useful ("a hexagon has six sides") and some not. GazziliShapes is best at helping kids hunt down shapes and practice following step-by-step instructions.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carrie R. Wheadon

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What's it about?

The first time kids play GAZZILISHAPES they must do each of six activities in a particular order, earning a shape each time that completes a picture. After that favorite activities can be redone in any order. When kids pause while playing directions are repeated and hints are given. In the pizza delivery activity kids tap the square window, a van pulls up, they tap the rectangles in the door to open it, they tap the pizza box open, then the shapes of the toppings, then tap the triangular pieces to watch the pizza disappear in bites. The number of each shape found during the activity is flashed across the screen before they're taken back to the main menu.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The characters in GAZZILISHAPES are cute, especially the weird purple dude who hammers on the spaceship and balances on a ball in the circus. All the activities are ones kids like -- who doesn't like to make cookies? Younger kids may get frustrated that they have to follow directions more than they get to just explore and move around where they want, but that makes it a bit more educational; most kids could use a little practice following directions.
 
Most younger kids won't notice or understand the key at the bottom that tells them how many of each shape they need to find or the congratulations box at the end of each activity that explains how many of each shape they found. Something more reinforcing would have been better like, "You found two ovals" while showing them the oval eggs they cracked right next to an oval shape. Parents will have to throw in those reminders here and there, which may just be a good thing: When the game is done, you can keep pointing out shapes all over the house and out in the world. Happy hunting.

Families can talk about...

  • Point out shapes in everyday objects wherever you go.

  • Chop up veggies and cheese in fun shapes as a snack.

  • Cut out lots of shapes with bright tissue paper, make a collage, then count all the shapes together.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:November 17, 2011
Category:Education
Size:58.60 MB
Publisher:GazziliWorld
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent Written bymoderndayquilts May 29, 2013
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Educational and WAAAAY fun!

This is a wonderful app. It is interactive and requires my son to match shapes . He loves this app and I feel that it is very educational and fun. It is really solid and we love all the gazili apps. I wish they made more! This is great for older 2 y.o. too!
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