Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Solid matching game could be too tricky for toddlers.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice matching like colors and shapes, as well as counting. They'll also work on their spatial reasoning skills as they recognize the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. 

Ease of Play

Higher levels often have more than one right answer, which could be confusing for kids. The dots in the counting level are too small for kids to touch as they count them.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App is intended to help toddlers and older kids learn to match shapes and colors as well as to count. Although the app is free, a $3.99 in-app purchase is required to unlock the full experience. There's no tutorial, so very young kids may need help to get started and on the higher levels. The breadth of skills this app covers may make it difficult for average toddlers as things ramp up quickly. There are no words, so although kids may be learning to match a triangle with a triangle, they will not learn to name a triangle without adult help. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

PUZZLE SHAPES: TODDLER'S APP gives kids a chance to practice matching 2D and 3D shapes, colors, and the number of dots on an object. In each round, they're presented with a dangling shape and two to four choices to match them with. There are four sections: The first focuses solely on shapes, the second adds in colors, the third presents shapes in varying colors with matching numbers of dots, and the fourth shows kids how to build familiar objects using the shapes they've been working with. There's also a parent section (with a year-of-birth parent gate) that shows how kids are progressing through the app.

Is it any good?

This colorful matching game may be engaging, but the youngest users might have trouble in higher levels. Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App starts simply enough with two shapes to choose from, but introducing 2D and 3D shapes right from the beginning could be tricky for some. And as the game progresses, there are moments that could be hard for toddlers. The counting levels, as an example, have small dots, much like looking at a domino. For some kids it might be hard to differentiate between six or seven dots when you can't point to each one as you count. On some of those levels, there's more than one correct answer, but with the dots in different patterns, kids may not know which to choose. The best level may be one where kids replicate more complex designs using the simpler blocks. The game leads them through that process, helping kids see how other items are also made up of simple shapes. Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App will entertain little ones for a while, but parents should be prepared for possible frustration on the harder levels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shapes and colors in Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App. Name the shapes and colors of objects around the house. Draw shapes and have your child color them in with a matching color. 

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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