A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
What's it about?
Kids press Play from SHAPE-O ABC'S main screen, then tap to scroll through pages with dozens of puzzle options. They tap a puzzle and drag shapes and letters into matching shaded portions of the puzzle's picture box. Kids can change puzzle colors by tapping the rainbow option or tap the eye icon for a clue to filling in the shapes. When the puzzle is complete, they hear a rewarding sound, listen to a narrator spell and say the word, and see a cute animated picture.
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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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, spelling, vocabulary
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: January 24, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 88.60 MB
- Publisher: Bellamon
- Version: 1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
- Last updated: August 22, 2016
Our editors recommend
For kids who love puzzles, prereading
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