Shape Arts: Geometry Creations

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Shape up spatial-reasoning skills with interactive puzzles.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about two-dimensional shape attributes and spatial reasoning. They have to drag and rotate shapes so they fit (without overlapping) into puzzles made of various configurations of the shapes. In doing so, kids learn about symmetry and shape attributes such as angles and edges. Kids practice problem solving as they figure out how to manipulate the puzzle pieces, and the option to create their own puzzles empowers kids and boosts creativity. As a digital version of a classic activity, Shape Arts: Geometry Creations lets kids practice their puzzling skills and share their creativity with others.

Ease of Play

Dragging and rotating shapes is easy and perfect for small fingers. Slow to load pages when moving from one screen to another.

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There is a small icon on the main screen that advertises the developer's other apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shape Arts: Geometry Creations is a set of interactive puzzles made of different shapes, much like Tangrams. Kids have to drag and rotate shapes into place to complete the puzzles. Or, they can create and save their own puzzles to share with other players. As they play, kids can earn reward marbles, and visual hints are available.

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What's it about?

Shape Arts: Geometry Creations is organized into six puzzle categories: My Puzzlets, New, Popular, People, Creatures, and Easy. In My Puzzlets, kids can use up to seven shapes to create, save, and share puzzles. The New and Popular categories contain the latest and greatest puzzles created by other players. The People category contains puzzles of people doing various activities such as walking, jumping, and boating. The Creatures category includes puzzles of animals such as fish, birds, and four-legged critters. Finally, the Easy category is a collection of moderately easy shape puzzles. Kids can earn marbles for completing and creating puzzles, which are displayed on a separate rewards page. A parent section includes a summary of learning goals, a few teaching tips, contact information, ads for other apps, and a privacy policy.

Is it any good?

The game is an interactive and engaging way for kids to build geometry skills and spatial reasoning, using a digital version of a toy they might already love. Hints support learning without giving away the answer, encouraging kids to solve the puzzles on their own. Kids can easily view the levels they've completed, as well as the reward marbles they've collected. It's empowering for kids to freely explore and complete any puzzles they wish in any order, but the option to complete and unlock levels would provide a more structured learning experience. It also would be great to see some definitions of the different shapes and geometry concepts that kids use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the shapes that make up each puzzle. Discuss attributes such as number of sides, relative lengths of sides, and angles.

  • Have kids create paper cutout puzzles using the seven shapes provided in the app. For an extra challenge, have them use additional shapes.

  • Review the Learning tab of the parent section for discussion and extension ideas.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: patterns, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 29, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 10.70 MB
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Learning
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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