Shimmer and Shine: Enchanted Carpet Ride Game

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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More about magic-carpet rides than math in this sparkly app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about symmetry and the names of shapes on this mostly fun, lightly educational app. The genies give kids lots of instructions and a simple verbal explanation of symmetry before they begin a puzzle, and they say the name of each gem’s shape as it appears on the screen. Puzzles increase in difficulty as kids level up, potentially through 50 levels. Especially for younger preschoolers, Shimmer and Shine: Enchanted Carpet Ride Game can be a fun app for learning some geometry basics -- just don't expect too much depth.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Ongoing verbal prompts. Only basic swiping and tapping skills required.

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Sexy Stuff

Based on a Nick Jr. television show. There's a link to more Nick Jr. apps on main screen (need parents-only code).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shimmer and Shine: Enchanted Carpet Ride Game is a math game for preschoolers. Starring characters from the Nick Jr. show Shimmer and Shine, kids take two cute genies and their pets on a magic carpet ride through four whimsical scenes with 50 levels of play. Kids help the magic carpet avoid obstacles while collecting floating coins, finding gems, and opening treasure chests with prizes inside by solving symmetry puzzles. The genies give lots of verbal instructions and say the names of the eight shapes of gems that kids collect. Read the app’s privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Create a username on SHIMMER AND SHINE: ENCHANTED CARPET RIDE GAME (up to four players can save games), and then choose one of four scenes. Kids swipe to move the magic carpet forward, up, and down while collecting floating coins and avoiding obstacles. Following the genies' verbal instructions, kids will tap or swipe to open magic caves and other barriers and complete a symmetry puzzle by moving gems that match one side of the puzzle onto the other side in symmetrical order. Every time a kid completes a puzzle, an object (a toy elephant, a tiara, a jeweled soccer ball) appears and is added to their prize page collections.

Is it any good?

The scenes are full of sparkly, eye-catching objects, and navigating the magic carpet can be fun, but both game variation and math activities are limited. The symmetry puzzles increase in difficulty with each level completed, and kids can collect 50 prizes, one for each level. Kids aren't prompted to identify the shapes by name to reinforce what they've heard. If your goal is simply to introduce your kid to the names of some shapes and the concept of symmetry, this app may be a good way to do that, especially if he or she loves the show; those who don’t may not hang on for all 50 levels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about symmetry in nature and objects. Examine both sides of a leaf, a butterfly, or your own face. How are they the same? Is there anything different on one side?

  • Reinforce the names of the eight gem shapes on this app (triangles, circles, squares, ovals, hexagons, pentagons, rectangles, and trapezoids) when you see one in your home, at the store, or in nature. Talk about the number of sides a shape has (or doesn't have) and its other characteristics.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: geometry, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, solving puzzles
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 4, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 133.00 MB
  • Publisher: Nickelodeon
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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