Puzzles are a great way for young kids to develop their problem solving skills and hand-eye coordination. There are many puzzle apps for toddlers, but I want to highlight HooplaKidz Puzzle Islands. It's a collection of puzzles that allow kids to identify various flora and fauna, as well as their associated sounds.
Explore an Island of Puzzles
In HooplaKidz Puzzle Islands, kids explore nature and its sounds on magical islands filled with puzzles. They choose from several categories, including animals, flowers, vegetables, and vehicles. For puzzle, they learn to identify various items and their associated sounds.
The puzzles are designed to look like natural sceneries, which kids complete by dragging the pieces from the top right into their respective spots. Following every correct placement, a narrator names the object and its associated sound is played. For example, in the Farm Animals puzzle, kids will hear a barking sound after correctly placing the dog puzzle piece.
In all, the app has eight categories to explore: Wild Animals, Farm Animals, Birds, Vehicles, Insects, Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers. Each category comprises of three puzzle sets, and each puzzle set contains six objects.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that HooplaKidz Puzzle Islands is suitable for kids ages 2 and up. It helps with the development of basic preschool skills, such as object matching, sound association, simple problem solving, and hand-eye coordination. There is little to no reading in the app, and kids should be able to play with minimal help from grown-ups.
The app is also kid-safe. It has no third-party adverts and no in-app purchases. External links are secured behind a parental gate. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
Things I Like
HooplaKidz Puzzle Islands is a nice app with great educational value. Even though it's nothing fancy, it's relatively well made: the graphics are appealing and the sound quality is good. What's more, it has an simple interface that makes it easy for kids to quickly jump in and play.
With multiple categories and puzzles to choose from, the app offers great value for money. I like that it covers topics that are not always included in other apps, such as the names of flowers and insects. Of course it would be nice to have even more items and categories (sea animals and dinosaurs are some topics that come to mind) but the app is an all-round great source of entertainment.
Simple and fuss-free, HooplaKidz Puzzle Islands is fantastic for helping kids develop important preschool skills such as hand-eye coordination and problem solving. This easy-to-use app has a handful of puzzles across multiple categories, from animals to fruits to vehicles. With cute graphics and a bubbly narration, it is sure to appeal to ages two and up.
App was provided for our honest review.
The HooplaKidz network consists of hundreds of channels and characters tailored to kids as they grow. From preschool and up, they create content that excites, captivates, and engages. You should check out their other app:
HooplaKidz Nursery Rhymes Activities offers a fun way for toddlers ages 3+ to play and learn while singing along to 20 popular nursery rhymes. There are a lot of games — enough to keep them excited to play over and over again. Don’t be surprised if they also learn a new song or two after playing it.