There are plenty of apps in the App Store that try to teach kids about shapes and colors, but I think I found the most beautiful one in The Very Hungry Caterpillar — Shapes and Colors. Part of the StoryToys Jr. series of apps designed for preschoolers, the app features the famous character from Eric Carle’s book.
The Mini Games
The Very Hungry Caterpillar offers a wide variety of mini games that allow kids to learn about basic shapes, color shades, scale comparison, and pattern sequences. Kids start by matching 2-6 basic shapes, such as circles, triangles, and squares. Then, they sort shades of color. Next, they put colored balls into the matching paint buckets.
In all, there are 50+ puzzles that are grouped into six categories. They have increasing difficulty to keep your kids engaged and excited. For example, in one game kids may start with basic shapes then work their way with more shapes such as star and octagon. In another game, they may start by matching shapes or colors separately before matching for the exact shape and color combination in later stages.
As a reward for completing tasks, at the end of each game kids can watch a fun animation. For example, the caterpillar might float away with balloons, or flowers might grow magically.
Parents Need to Know
The Very Hungry Caterpillar — Shapes and Colors is suitable for ages 3+. Some of the early contents are even suitable for younger audiences. The app is designed to cycle endlessly through all six game categories, from basic shapes and color shades to patterns and tangrams. However, there are enough variations in each iteration to keep kids interested.
In addition to English, the app is also available in other languages, such as German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish. It works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social network.
Things I Like
As with the other apps in series, Shapes and Colors is very beautiful. It features a 3D playground that you can explore together with the caterpillar. But even more than the visuals, I like the new game mechanics introduced in this app.
For example, I like how you’re asked to sort objects based on their scales — from small to large and vice versa — to create a bridge for the caterpillar to get to its favorite fruit. Another example is when you’re playing a jigsaw puzzle made with tangram pieces. It’s nice because it encourages kids to imagine larger objects from smaller pieces.
I also like the games with colors — I think it’s nicely done. It’s similar to Blendoku, a sorting game where you put color shades in the right order. But, this one is more friendly for younger audience. My 6-year-old really loves it.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar — Shapes and Colors is the most beautiful app I’ve ever seen when it comes to teaching kids ages 3+ about shapes, colors, patterns, and scales. Acting as an endless practice ground for kids to learn these subjects, the app successfully delivers enough variety to keep them engaged.
App was provided for our honest review.