A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
PRESCHOOL PUZZLE TOWN is an app from Highlights with five different types of puzzles geared at preschoolers. There are the classic hidden picture puzzles that Highlights is known for, and lots more: a matching game, a picture puzzle, mazes, and difference-finding. The app starts with 50 puzzles and adds five new puzzles each week. As kids complete the puzzles, they slowly hatch eggs that release new creatures into their game world where kids can play with them, feed them, and dress them up in different hats.
Is it any good?
These puzzles are a great way to engage young kids in multiple skills at an age-appropriate level. Preschool Puzzle Town from Highlights has all the makings of a wonderful kids' app: It's colorful, entertaining, open to exploration, and fun. It's more challenging than a free-play environment, but it doesn't feel like a heavy-handed educational experience either. Kids can replay the puzzles, and the weekly new puzzles keep things fresh. The monthly subscription fees will start to add up quickly, however, so take advantage of the free trial to see if it's a good fit for your kid.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about shapes. What are some items around the house that have the same or similar shapes? Which shapes do you see in Preschool Puzzle Town?
Play matching games with a deck of cards or a game made specifically for that purpose. Practice matching pairs of socks or other items that look the same.
Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: naming
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try (free 30-day trial; subscription is $2.99/month)
- Subscription price: $2.99/month
- Release date: June 29, 2017
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals
- Size: 149.00 MB
- Publisher: Highlights for Children, Inc.
- Version: 1.2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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