Kids Preschool Puzzle

Common Sense Media says

Colorful puzzles offer challenge without frustration.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

An option to make it easier to click shapes into the puzzle is a plus for younger players.

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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

One of the options on the main screen is "More Games," which takes players to more apps from the developer.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kids Preschool Puzzle is a challenging -- but not too challenging -- puzzle app for preschool-age kids. Insert the puzzle pieces into the outlines and find out what shape you've created. You can adjust preferences to make it easier to snap pieces into place for younger kids, to choose categories of shapes, to display or vocal the shapes' names, and more. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids won't always be able to determine what shape will materialize at first glance, yet the puzzles are easy enough to solve without too much frustration. Preschoolers are likely to find the puzzles fun to solve.

Learning Approach

After kids solve a puzzle, they can reflect on how the pieces form an object they recognize. The option to hear the names of completed objects can help build young kids' vocabulary, but the words are out of context.

Support

When a puzzle is complete, kids hear an encouraging voice say "Great job!" but they don't get meaningful feedback. Parents can set the app to say the word that matches the object, show the word, and choose a category of objects.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn shapes and colors, as well as spatial skills as they identify how pieces of a puzzle form an object they recognize. Some puzzles are letters or numbers, but the images don't translate well into real-world letters and numbers. There's also the option to hear the name of the completed puzzle's object spoken ("clock," "dog"), thereby building the vocabulary of young kids still building a basic word bank. Unfortunately, not all of the words are precise, and none are in context. Kids Preschool Puzzle offers fun, colorful puzzles but bungles opportunities for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids move small, colorful puzzle pieces into a grayscale shape, such as an apple or a letter of the alphabet. When complete, the shape turns into the object and kids hear an encouraging voice say "Great job!" Parents can also set the app to say the word that matches the object, show the word on the screen, and choose a category of objects. Puzzles range in difficulty to very easy to more challenging, at least for the preschool set.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

KIDS PRESCHOOL PUZZLE is a fun app for kids to practice with puzzles, but it misses opportunities for learning. Some of the aspects designed to boost learning value aren't executed all that well. For example, after solving a puzzle, kids see the word for the puzzle. But in some cases the word is just wrong: In one puzzle the audio says "gecko" while the word displayed is "lizard." The inclusion of letters and numbers could also be great for learning, but sometimes they are so distorted (into shapes resembling animals with eyes) that kids won't easily be able to transfer what they are learning to the real world. Finally, there are issues with singular/plural -- a puzzle may be an image of something requiring a plural word, but the word and audio is singular.

On the up side, the app has a good balance between ease of play and challenge. It's impressive to see an app for very young children that includes puzzles that aren't all easy to guess in advance, yet that's easy enough to solve without too much frustration. There are several categories with dozens of puzzles, so it will take players quite a few sessions of play before they complete all the puzzles.

Families can talk about...

  • Ask kids to guess what the object is before they begin solving the puzzle. (Parents can make funny guesses, too.)

  • Provide kids with preschool-appropriate real-life puzzles.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 26, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Size:16.10 MB
Publisher:Intellijoy
Version:2.1.0
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.1 and up

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Kid, 3 years old July 26, 2011
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Great beginner game for even the littlest ones.

I only let my 3 year old play games on my phone when at doctor appointments. He loves this puzzle app. When you put your finger on the puzzle piece your phone will vibrate and then you slide the piece over to pop in into the puzzle. Once the puzzle is done the picture of what it is is revealed. You can set it to make the piece pop into place if your toddler just gets the piece close to the right spot. Even though my child has very little experience using any sort of electronic game, or using a device where you move your finger on a screen, he was able to figure this out pretty quick and he loves it. It holds his attention for at least 10 minutes. All of the images are cute and fun.
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