Most kids nowadays would have already recognized the different kinds of basic geometric shapes by their fifth birthday. Especially since there many great educational TV programs and iPad apps that introduce them to basic 2D shapes, such as triangle, rectangle, and square. But combining these shapes to form a larger one is a different story. Not all kids find it easy.
As a part of Common Core State Standards K.G.B.6, kindergarten kids are expected to learn how to compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, joining two copies of the same right triangles can create a rectangle.
So, I’m glad I found out about Lipa Knight, a fun geometry game where you help a valiant knight rescue a kidnapped princess. Using simple shapes, you form bridges over rivers and cliffs. That way, the knight can move closer to the Cyclops’s distant cave.
Triangle + Rectangle + Square + Trapezoid = Bridges
The game is divided into 20 levels. You need to complete the current level to unlock the next one. In each level, you will be given a geometric challenge: how to combine simple shapes to create bridges that will help the knight cross the rivers and cliffs.
The early levels are relatively straightforward. You’d only need to deal with a small number of simple shapes at a time. For example, connecting two copies of a trapezoid would yield a nice bridge for the knight to cross the river.
Keep in mind that the knight need to have a smooth transition from a lower ground to a higher ground, or vice versa. Typically, you’ll need a triangle or a trapezoid to make the transition smooth.
As the game progresses, the difficulty level also increases. There will be more shapes and irregular terrains. When the solution is no longer trivial, the game becomes an interesting challenge for kids to exercise their problem solving skills.
Parents Need to Know
Lipa Knight is suitable for kids ages 4+ who are familiar with basic geometric shapes and ready to learn how to manipulate them into larger shapes. It helps kids to increase their spatial reasoning as they build bridges to connect two non-adjacent areas with the given shapes.
Lipa Knight is part of the Lipa Learning app series. It offers parents the option to join the parents community and download the free Lipa Gateway parental app. If you decide to create an account with Lipa Learning, you can track your kids’ learning progress and learn more about the core skills the Lipa Learning apps are designed to achieve.
Things I Like
Lipa Knight introduces a less common shape such as the arch alongside basic 2D shapes like triangle and square. And, by asking kids to combine these shapes to create a more complex shape, the app inspires kids to take on a different perspective. The basic shapes are no longer dictated by their forms, but they can now be combined to create a brand new shape that can be used to solve the problem at hand.
Lipa Knight also demonstrates that with a bit of creativity, learning geometry can be fun. The adventurous narrative keeps kids excited and motivated to work on the challenge. It offers a great learning experience for kids to explore and think about how they can utilize these shapes to solve their problems, both on screen and in the real world.
Lipa Knight is a fun geometry game for kids ages 4+ who love to solve puzzles. It’s designed to let kindergarteners practice composing simple shapes to create larger shapes. It also inspires kids to look at shapes differently, and trains them to see them as building blocks to solve the problem at hand.
App was suggested to us.