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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Shape Builder - the Preschool Learning Puzzle Game contains over a hundred simple jigsaw puzzles for kids ages 3 to 6. The puzzles have between 5-10 pieces and each piece is a different color. Kids slide the pieces from one side over to the puzzle frame and fit them into an outlined shape without having to rotate the pieces. When kids slide a piece into place, it makes a satisfying click. Completed puzzles transforms into an object and are spoken aloud. The puzzles are of the 26 letters of the alphabet, 20 numbers, 30 musical instruments (with appropriate sound effects), 17 fruits and vegetables, and 16 other items including a police officer and a firetruck.
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What's it about?
Kids are presented with puzzles one after the other. They must drag and drop pieces into the whole, which snap in relatively well. When the puzzle is complete, the pieces disappear and the shape becomes whole or takes on an image. A seeming figure eight becomes two kiwi fruits. The very encouraging narrator speaks the name of the object and the corresponding word appears.
Is it any good?
SHAPE BUILDER - THE PRESCHOOL LEARNING PUZZLE GAME provides excellent puzzle fun for little fingers. Because each piece is a different color, it is easy to distinguish an individual piece from the others that are lumped together on the side of the puzzle. The pieces are big enough that little fingers won't have any trouble moving them by simply placing a finger on top of one piece and sliding it along. Plus, when a youngster moves the piece close to where it belongs, it clicks into place. When the puzzle is complete, the pieces meld together and the puzzle appears to come alive as the object appears. Language skills are reinforced with spoken and written words explaining what the object is, and for letters of the alphabet, the sound the letter makes is also spoken. If you want to try it before you spend $.99, then download the free Shape Builder Lite which has 15 puzzles.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Price: $0.99
- Release date: September 9, 2009
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Darren Murtha Design
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 2.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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