Highlights Hidden Pictures Puzzles

 
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Learning(i)

Classic hidden object puzzles still an engaging challenge.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The design is very easy to navigate, but the puzzles are just as challenging as in the magazine. Kids can get hints, but the hints just zoom in on a part of the picture. Kids could randomly tap around and find several items.

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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There are lots of links to Highlights magazines and other Highlights products, but they're behind the parent-lock screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

No personal information is collected or requested. Anonymous usage data is collected using Google Analytics, but no information is shared with third parties.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Highlights Hidden Pictures Puzzles brings the classic brain-game from the magazine to the tablet. With the tablet, though, kids can see the picture come to life, get hints, and have dozens of puzzles all in one place. The puzzles are categorized by theme, and kids get achievement awards for completing the puzzles. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • motivation

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Puzzles are grouped by theme, so kids can choose what interests them. The pictures show a detailed, lively scene that will draw kids in. The challenging fun of the magazine game translates well to the tablet, and no jazzy technology distracts from the simple design.

Learning Approach

Hidden object puzzles are a great brain exercise for all ages. Kids are empowered to choose which puzzle to work from several themes. They can stop and come back to puzzle if they need a break. Recognition for completing milestones keeps kids motivated.

Support

Kids can get a hint that zooms in on the section of the picture a piece is in. There's no penalty for hints or for incorrect guesses (or indiscriminate tapping), but kids do get recognized for completing puzzles with no hints. For extra challenge, kids can turn off the clues showing a list of the objects that are hidden.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • motivation

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Kids can learn and practice looking closely and critically at images. Solving hidden image puzzles helps kids develop stronger memories and sharpens their thinking skills. Each picture tells a story, which develops literacy and reading skills, too. Highlights Hidden Pictures Puzzles shows kids that there can be much more to a picture than what first meets the eye.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

HIGHLIGHTS HIDDEN PICTURES PUZZLES features dozens of picture puzzles for kids to search for hidden objects. The puzzles are grouped thematically and start with black-and-white images with a list of objects to find. Kids tap the objects as they find them in the picture, and they convert to full color. Once kids have found all the hidden objects, the whole picture colorizes. Hints let you zoom in on the area of the picture the object is in. Kids also have the option to hide the list of objects to find to increase the challenge.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The brain-teasing fun of hidden objects puzzles is even better on a tablet! Tap the object, and it colorizes, so kids know they found it. They can turn off clues (the list of objects to find) to increase their challenge or get a hint if they need one. Tapping the objects is very responsive, though finding them is just as tricky as on paper. The hints are hit or miss, sometimes zooming in on the wrong area. With nine puzzles in each category (seven categories at the time of review), there is plenty of content to keep kids smartly challenged. The achievement awards motivate kids to keep going -- trying to complete one or five or 50 puzzles and then trying to complete that many without hints -- by merely recognizing the accomplishment. The reward is in the doing.

Families can talk about...

  • Hidden puzzles are a great side-by-side activity to do with kids, working together to find all the hidden objects. Parents can keep their visual acuity and memory sharp, too, playing alongside the kids.

  • Challenge kids to work a puzzle with no hints -- even if it means stopping and coming back later. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 3, 2014
Category:Educational Games
Size:58.10 MB
Publisher:Highlights for Children, Inc.
Version:2.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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

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