By Debbie Gorrell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Shape puzzler offers open play and some problem solving.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Using tangrams is a fun way to build spatial reasoning skills, and different learning styles are supported through the mix of open and more structured play.
Ease of Play
Navigation is pretty simple, but the game could still use an introduction or a brief summary of user features. The camera feature seems to be glitchy.
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What’s It About?
In TAYASUI TANGRAM there are two main options for play – Models and Build. In Models, kids choose from 12 available models, which are outlines of animals, and drag shapes into the models to complete them. Then they can tap on the completed model to see it move and hear it make sounds. With the Build option, kids can get creative and build their own figures using a wide selection of colorful shapes. Their creations can be saved and shared with others via email.
Is It Any Good?
This interactive games allows kids to explore geometry and work on spatial reasoning skills, but there a limited number of models and shapes that kids can use. Shapes are also only 2D, so learning there is a bit limited. Including 3D models might make the game more engaging, challenging, and applicable to real life. On the plus side, with no scoring or progress-tracking, kids have an opportunity to get creative and engage in open-ended play. Though Tayasui Tangram could be better -- and last longer -- with more models and 3D shapes, it's still a solid choice for some quick geometry play.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how many different shapes in Tayasui Tangram - and in the real world - can be combined to create one larger shape or figure. Are there other shapes not offered in the game that might be fun to use?
Take turns making your own tangram models. One person draws the outline of a figure and the other person tries to fill in the model using shapes.
Look around your home and find examples of objects that could be made into tangrams. What shapes would make up the objects?
Use thick paper, scissors, and tape to make some 3D shapes. Put them together to make larger figures.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: geometry, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: October 25, 2018
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Tayasui.com
- Version: 2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: May 8, 2020
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