A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while Shape Puzzle HD strives to be educational, the pronunciation of the words it teaches is too heavily accented to serve as a model for preschoolers. In this app, kids put together simple six-piece puzzles while learning to identify 75 different objects in five themed scenes: jungle animals, supermarket foods, vehicles, kids' room, and underwater animals. There is an iPhone and iPod Touch version available for the same price.
Is it any good?
Combining puzzles and word-learning makes SHAPE PUZZLE HD a fun way for kids to build their vocabularies. After kids complete a puzzle, the name of the object appears and they can tap on it to hear it read aloud. While it's nice that kids can see how objects are spelled, the audio is sub par. Clearly recorded by someone whose first language isn't English, some of the words are mispronounced quite badly. For example, "lion" sounds more like "line," "crocodile" sounds like "clock-dial," and "butterfly" sounds like "butt-fly."