By now, most would agree that kids learn best through fun games. One of the best apps for kids to learn about 2D shapes is aimed at ages 3+. Today I will highlight a new game from Seven Academy that’s designed for younger juniors.
A Fun Digital Playground
Busy Shapes is a fun digital playground for juniors to learn about 2D shapes through simple puzzles. The goal in each level is to match shapes with holes. Juniors need to drag one or more shapes into the matching holes. Here, they will learn how to distinguish color, size, and shape of the objects.
The levels in this game are endless. Each time you complete a level, the game prepares a new level according to your performance. If you get better, the game will increase in difficulty too.
For example, you start with one object and one hole; but soon enough you will face two or more objects, a couple of holes, and many obstacles. They include sticky puddles, floating glasses hiding objects underneath it, and movable barriers. And, you will need to grab the moving shapes before you can drag them into the holes.
Parents Need to Know
The gameplay is intuitive enough for juniors ages 2+ to play on their own. It doesn’t even need any rules or explanations. The later stages will train kids’ hand-eye coordination as they grab the moving shapes.
It was Jean Piaget’s works that inspired the developers to create the game. He was a developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. He believed that “children are little scientists”. Kids will try to make sense of the world rather than passively soaking up information provided to them.
Busy Shapes is available in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Greek, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Russian, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
Things I Like
Designing levels to keep juniors engaged is not an easy task. Yet, the developers manage to create a sense of continuity from one puzzle to the next. As you drop the correct object into the last hole, the game will reuse/transform it to a part of the next puzzle. The animation also helps to create a sense that you’re going down to the next level by entering that last hole.
The game will not punish you if you put a smaller but incorrect object into a hole. Instead, it will drop the object again into the board, allowing you to give another try. This feature, combined with the adaptive AI, makes the game suitable for juniors to play on their own.
Busy Shapes is a fun digital playground for juniors ages 2+ to play and learn about 2D shapes. The game has an endless number of levels, automatically adjusted to suit the player’s learning curve. It’s so fun, engaging, and far from any repetition that would bore your juniors.
App was provided for our honest review.
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