Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle

Common Sense Media says

Drag-and-drop shape puzzles made especially for toddlers.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Tozzle requires children to be able to use basic drag and drop skills, but the overall gameplay will be intuitive for children with jigsaw puzzles at home. Kids get two tries to place a puzzle piece before the game responds with an arrow pointing the way and a circle around the correct location. Exiting a puzzle requires pressing a button and then dragging a slider, which may take some practice for younger children (or, for very young children, serve as a parental control, though not a foolproof one).

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle is based on the wooden jigsaw puzzles that many children have used at home or school. Jigsaw puzzle designs include animals, shapes, and letters in a non-standard typeface. The puzzles start with big, simple shapes and increase in difficulty to smaller, more complex designs. Since the game prompts the child if they appear to have trouble, even the youngest players will be able to complete all of the puzzles if they are patient. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Toddlers who enjoy wooden puzzles will find this game very entertaining. With more than 40 puzzles in varying themes and difficulty levels, there's quite a bit here to enjoy.

Learning Approach

Through assembling a jigsaw puzzle, kids learn logic and problem-solving, new subjects, and upper- and lowercase letters. Audio prompts help them recognize letter sounds and the names of shapes. Some diversity in characters.

Support

Kids get two tries to place a puzzle piece before the game responds with an arrow pointing the way and a circle around the correct location. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, including color and shape matching, with Tozzle. Several of the puzzles involve letters that are said aloud when they are put in the correct place. Kids can also start to recognize letter sounds and shapes. It would have been nice for the developer to pay more attention to details such as font selection -- the non-standard font is not ideal for young kids learning letters. And nouns in Tozzle are capitalized for no apparent reason. Still, it's an app that knows its audience. Tozzle is a simple concept that's both fun and engaging for toddlers.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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What's it about?

Tozzle - Toddler's favorite puzzle is a collection of brightly colored puzzles for kids. The pictures cover a wide range of subject matter, including animals, transportation, the alphabet, food, and holidays and celebrations. There are puzzles with just a few pieces, and those that are much more complex. There is no central character, theme, or story in this collection, which includes some diversity in the people represented in the images.

Is it any good?

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Kids who enjoy wooden puzzles will most likely find Tozzle - Toddlers favorite puzzle to be entertaining. With more than 40 puzzles in varying difficulty levels and themes, there is quite a bit to keep kids busy. Keep in mind, however, that these puzzles are aimed at toddlers. Preschoolers may enjoy them as well, but will likely go through the entire set quickly. 

Families can talk about...

  • Work with kids on doing real jigsaw puzzles.

  • Point out letters in daily life.

  • Talk about letter sounds.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 4, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:nodeflexion.com
Version:3.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.2.1 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byZ-Dad January 16, 2011
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2
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Great app, even for kids under 2

My 2yo son has loved this app since he was about 18 months. Besides it teaching him names for so many objects, letters, and numbers, it also helps his motor skills and figuring out which shapes fit different places. They keep adding additional puzzles when the app updates, it seems like there are close to 50 puzzles now. It's a great deal for a single app. I also love this game because it doesn't have any links to the App Store, developer's website, etc.,, so my son doesn't mistakenly click out of the game, like he does with other websites. I use a new BubCap home button cover too, so once we launch this app, I know he won't wander out. I heartily recommend Tozzle and BubCap home button covers, together they really help me share my iPhone with my toddler!
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Educational value
Parent Written byChrisLo August 19, 2012
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LEARNING

Problem Solving...

My daughter is 18 months old, and she can solve the most complex puzzle very quickly. She loves it!
Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written byMrs_AF November 22, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

Great for younger children

My 2 yr old LOVES this game! There are so many different puzzles included in the app!

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