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Puzzle Shapes: Toddler's App

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Solid matching game could be too tricky for toddlers.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Educational Games
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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.

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