A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 Puzzles offers fun, colorful puzzles but bungles opportunities for learning.
Ease of Play
An option to make it easier to click shapes into the puzzle is a plus for younger players.
Products & Purchases
One of the options on the main screen is "More Games," which takes players to more apps from the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though this is a fun app for kids to practice with puzzles, 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.
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