Shape Builder - The Preschool Learning Puzzle Game

Common Sense Media says

Rewarding jigsaw puzzles teach ABCs and 123s.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The puzzles have between 5-10 pieces which attach to your finger once tapped. They snap into place once moved to the correct space in the puzzle. Kids need to get them very close to the correct spot before this snapping-into-place occurs.

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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • phonics
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Preschoolers will find this app dynamic and easy to use with its varied color pieces, audio clicks and pronunciations, and the final reward of the puzzle image revealed.

Learning Approach

This app covers so many basic preschool skills and demonstrates a clear understanding of the developmental needs of the younger set. Menu control would give kids a bit more power over the experience.

Support

Kids are rewarded with cheerful laughs, glowing images, and audio review though there is no progress tracking. No tutorial or assistance is needed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • phonics
  • vocabulary

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening

Preschoolers can learn part-whole relationships as well as words for common cultural objects. Kids can increase their vocabulary, learn some phonics through letter puzzles, and learn to associate spoken names with written words. Additional puzzles using geometric shapes, downloadable puzzles, and menu control would provide added learning, flexibility, and control. Shape Builder is a fine-tuned and varied preschooler puzzle app with room for more learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Count images together with number puzzles to develop number concepts.

  • Find and play music corresponding to instrument puzzles (violin concertos, for example).

  • Complete real-life puzzles together.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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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Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written byMrs_AF November 22, 2010
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Great for younger children!

My 2 yr old LOVES this game! She knows the shapes when they pop up and has learned names of things that we do not see/use in every day life (Kiwi, raspberries).
Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byBattleBornMom December 13, 2012
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LEARNING

Great Little Puzzle App

My 3 year old son loves to play this little puzzle game. It helps him with developing spacial abilities. He gets bored after several puzzles and moves on to another app (my reason for 4 instead of 5 starts). But he always comes back to it later.

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