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PrestoBingo Shapes

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Sniff out all of the shapes hidden in lovely illustrations.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to recognize and name eight shapes. They'll also practice counting up to 20.

Ease of Play

It's easy to tap around on the shapes, though it isn't always easy to find them all.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PrestoBingo Shapes is a shape-hunting game in which kids must find as many of a particular shape as they can. Graphics were created by children's book author and illustrator Joyce Hesselberth, and are full of circles, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, semicircles, squares, trapezoids, or triangles. Shapes are of different sizes and orientations, and can be stretched out or look exactly like the prototype. Since the shapes are sometimes very small, kids playing on small screens have an extra option to zoom in to the picture, but the littlest users may need some help. Another reason parents may want to stay close by to help is that there are no hints for kids who can't find all the hidden shapes. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In each of 16 illustrations, kids are on the hunt for target shapes in PRESTOBINGO SHAPES. Seventeen diamonds are hiding in a picture of two people and a dog out flying kites, for example. Kids must tap on all the diamonds, circles, ovals, rectangles, semicircles, squares, trapezoids, or triangles. The name of the target shape and an example sits on the bottom of the screen and each shape they find gets counted. When kids have found them all, they see a brief animation and the next illustration loads.

Is it any good?

Wonderfully whimsical graphics do a great job of hiding basic shapes in recognizable ways as well as some surprising ones. Shapes can be turned around in all directions and sometimes stretched out until they look quite different from the typical prototype. This gives kids a nice challenge and helps them see shapes in a variety of formats. PrestoBingo Shapes has a number of supports including displaying the target shape prominently at the bottom of the screen and an audio track that clearly names the shape. A counter helps kids keep track of how many shapes they've found. However, there are also some supports that are missing. Sometimes the narrator provides some encouragement and says how many shapes are left to find, but other times the hints are a more generic: "There are still more shapes to find." And for kids who really just can't find any more shapes, there's never a way to get a hint about where to look. Even parents might get stumped with some of the puzzles! Each puzzle has a different number of shapes to find, which might confuse some kids. Once kids memorize where the shapes are in the 16 different puzzles, they may want to keep playing to reinforce the concept (and little kids like repetition!), or they may just lose interest. Nonetheless, PrestoBingo Shapes could be a fun challenge, even if it's short-lived.

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  • Families can talk about the illustrations in PrestoBingo Shapes. Ask kids to tell a story about what's going on in the drawing.

  • Go on a shape finding hunt! Look for circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and more in your surroundings, whether you're at the park, the playground, or your living room. Count how many you find - and don't forget to look in unexpected places!

  • Help kids count things they see in their every day routine. Count steps as you go up the stairs, dogs you see on a walk, or the number of peas you put on their plate.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: geometry, shapes
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 12, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 44.00 MB
  • Publisher: Spur Design LLC
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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