Friday, August 25, 2017

Children’s iPad App, Busy Shapes

by Susan Stephenson,

Busy Shapes is an iPad puzzle app for kids.

From the developer:

Busy Shapes helps children improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles, in which they must change simple shapes and place them in proper holes. Along the way, the app responds to each child’s actions with positive guidance and motivation. Plus, the app’s digital exploratory playground regularly refreshes with different objects, which keeps children interested and engaged.

Busy Shapes is inspired by the pioneering works of famed Swiss scientist and intelligence expert Jean Piaget (1896-1980), who believed that “children are little scientists”, and that a child's thoughts are built through experiences that encourage him or her to engage in the reasoning process.

What I liked:

Busy Shapes is fun and satisfying to play, even as an adult. The app is well thought out, with puzzles  becoming more complex by degrees, and building on those that have come before. To play, a child looks at the visual puzzle, and moves puzzle pieces to where he thinks they should go. Experimentation is built in, and if you do something that doesn’t work, the piece is presented to you again. The puzzles train the user that certain things work - if you see yellow around a hole, chances are the piece to go in should be yellow. No yellow piece currently? Okay, how can a piece be turned yellow?

I really liked the simplicity of the interface and the emphasis on logic and critical thinking. I think kids as young as 4 could try it with a little explanation, but the whole family might enjoy it too. Busy Shapes isn’t free, but with no annoying ads, I think it’s definitely worth paying a few dollars for.

I’ll be adding Busy Shapes to my List of iPad Puzzle Apps for Kids embedded below.

Where do I get it?

Check out all of my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page.

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