Shapes and colors are foundational concepts that kids need to learn early on before moving on to learn other skills such as reading, writing, and math. There are many fun ways to teach kids to about these two concepts, but today we’d like to introduce you to Shapes Builder.
It’s an educational game created by PlayToddlers, in which kids solve tangram puzzles using geometric pieces of different sizes and colors. Upon completion, each puzzle can be transformed into a 3D model by tracing a figure with a magic wand. There are 36 designs in all, ranging from pirates to pyramids, that are grouped into 6 categories.
Solve the Shapes Puzzles
Shapes Builder has a marine theme throughout. For example, the categories are represented by islands that you visit on a boat. Each island has 6 puzzles, but you won’t know which puzzles you’ll get until you select them. In that sense, the app has plenty of surprises for the inquisitive player.
Once you’ve selected a puzzle, your task is to drag each puzzle piece to its correct location. In addition to the shape of the piece, you have to take into account its size, rotation, and color when placing it in the puzzle. When the puzzle has been completed, you trace the figure on screen with your magic wand to transform the puzzle into a real object.
As an extra activity, in each level you will see a gold fish jumping out of the ocean at random times. If you can tap the fish every time, you will earn a trophy. The trophy will then be placed on the island for decoration.
One thing to note about the levels is that they are unlocked one at a time. For instance, you can’t play the levels on Island 2 if you haven’t completed all the levels on Island 1. There is a slight increase in difficulty as more pieces are involved in later stages of the game.
Parents Need to Know
Shapes Builder has been designed for ages 5 and under. The gameplay is fairly easy for kids to pick up with little assistance, plus it doesn’t require reading skills.
The app works well without an Internet connection. It has no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. All external links have been placed within a gated section for parents.
Things I Like
In Shapes Builder, kids will learn to recognize simple geometric shapes such as square, triangle, semicircle, and parallelogram. They also learn how these simple shapes can be combined together to create various objects and shapes that we see in real life. At the same time they learn these important math skills, they are exercising their creativity and imagination by trying to guess what object will appear from the puzzles.
Designed for small children, the gameplay is simple and relaxing. There is no timer or high scores, so kids can take their time to solve each puzzle. What’s more, the pieces are shown one at a time as not to overwhelm the player.
Production-wise, the app is very polished. The 3D graphics look really nice — the quality is akin to high-end console games — and the music is upbeat. The app is certainly amongst the better looking ones on the App Store.
Shapes Builder is a relaxing app in which kids have fun with shapes and colors by solving tangram puzzles. In addition to helping kids learn important basic skills, it encourages imagination by letting kids “transform” the puzzles into real objects. With 36 fun puzzles, great graphics, and an easy-to-use interface, this app makes for an excellent learning tool for preschoolers.
App was provided for our honest review.