A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn letter and word recognition, as well as the names of animals and other things when completing the puzzles. If aided by an adult, kids also can learn the names of shapes and colors. Kids cannot choose colors selectively, and the congratulations graphic is not related to the puzzle image at all (bees appear when kids complete a tiger puzzle, as does a frog when the hamburger puzzle is completed). All in all, this fun preschool puzzle app, packed with more than 100 puzzles, helps kids learn spatial relations through picture puzzles as well as letters and words through word-building puzzles.
Ease of Play
Three difficulty levels for both puzzles and words can be set independently. On easy levels, outlines show where letters go in a word; on the highest level, kids place letters without assistance.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shape-O ABC's is an educational puzzle game that asks kids to put together a picture and the word that names the picture. Three difficulty levels make the app appropriate for kids age 2 to 6. Kids can change puzzle colors, although not selectively; all colors on a puzzle change together.
Is It Any Good?
Shape-O ABC's would be a lovely puzzle app for kids even if all it offered was puzzles. Each image, constructed from geometric shapes, has the attractiveness of those high-quality European wooden playthings from specialty toy stores. They're a pleasure to look at. Plus, kids can choose from many color palettes for each puzzle, adding a bit of creative personalization. Many of the pieces are similar shapes and sizes, but they're tilted or turned in different orientations, which means kids have to make visual distinctions to put the puzzle together. Then, of course, there's the word-building aspect, which adds a nice extra educational layer to the exercise.
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