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Highlights Shapes

Highlights Shapes

Spring 2017 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Colto
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Highlights Shapes, an app from the publishers of the long-beloved Highlights Magazine for Children and multi Parents' Choice Award winning app developer Colto, allows preschoolers to practice matching shapes as they hear the names and colors of the shapes. The player follows a cheerful-looking fox through a cave filled with basic geometric objects: triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles. Players pull the shapes onto outlines that match them; in earlier levels the outlines are aligned with the shapes, but as the game progresses children need to recognize when a shape is rotated relative to the outline. The game has a charming feel and a pace appropriate for children as young as age two.

Although two- and three-year-olds may be content with the free app, sailing along with the friendly fox as they build pictures together, families with children who are ready to progress beyond the four basic shapes will need to purchase an additional two levels, in which the fox flies underwater and through space; these levels add an additional seven objects to identify.

Emily Crawford   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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