If I have to recommend just one app for teaching basic shapes, then it would be the new Shapes app from NCSOFT’s Doodle Critter Math series. Creatively done just like all their other apps, Doodle Critter Math: Shapes uses fun approaches to totally immerse kids in the world of shapes.
In this app, the shapes are hiding everywhere – in animals, in real life objects, in boxes, in fables and kids have to seek them out. After playing with this app, kids will begin to take notice of the things around them and learn that everything has a shape and they can also use shapes to create lots of things. All these through 6 fun and interactive activities.
1. Learn Shapes
Kids learn the names and the basic concepts of circle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon and hexagon while drawing them. Counting the number of sides and corners in each shape, kids learn to differentiate between them and recognize their forms. They also learn that they can make different animals by using a single shape form. I like how the app helps kids to see how the rectangle and square are similar yet different, something which kids have difficulty in. I wish that the app will similarly highlight the circle’s features i.e. it has one side but zero corners.
2. Sort out Shapes
Kids feed each hungry critter friend the puzzle pieces that have the same shape as the critter. The critters become bigger and colorful once they have been fed. Correct answers are reinforced after each round (total of 10) to help kids remember faster.
3. Match the Pairs
Kids match the correct shapes to the real life objects. They learn that all our everyday objects have shapes and this develops their sense of curiosity. There are 10 games in this activity.
4. Remember Shapes
Kids need to remember how each shape looks like and recall in which box the correct shape is hidden. The games become tricky in higher levels (total 10 levels) when the boxes are moved around. You need good visual tracking skills to follow the box that has the correct shape!
5. Make Different Shapes
There are 10 animal puzzles to complete using different shapes. Kids will get to create animals like rabbit, dog, cat, owl, swan, chicken, fox, elephant, rhino and alligator.
6. Find Shapes
There are 10 scenes from fables where kids have to find all the hidden shapes. The colors return to the scene as each shape puzzle is found. Hints are available when needed.
I love how kids can learn about shapes by playing with the shapes in this app and not learn them in isolation like in many other apps. There are plenty of opportunities in the games for reinforcing shape recognition and their names. Each shape form is presented in 3 ways to help with generalization of knowledge. Kids see shapes in their geometric forms, in the corresponding doodle critter and in real life objects. They also see and hear the names of the shapes many times throughout the app. Given these repetitive exposure, kids will learn to identify these 6 shapes in no time at all.
But this app is so much more than just shape recognition. The various puzzles and memory games help to develop memory, matching skills and visual attention. It is an extremely kid-friendly app with cute doodle critters, fun animations and positive reinforcements. Your preschoolers will be fascinated and want to explore (and learn) more. It is a one of a kind shape learning app that you must check out!
Doodle Math: Shapes
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 97.69 MB
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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.