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Hidden Pictures Puzzle Town

Hidden Pictures Puzzle Town

Spring 2018 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Colto
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Highlights magazine has long been a childhood staple; and, perhaps the most popular, or at least the most memorable, portion of the magazine are the games and puzzles. Puzzletown by Colto includes five familiar game/puzzle types that teach and hone a variety of early learning skills.

Of course, there are Hidden Pictures in which children must find a series of cleverly obscured items. But, the app also includes: Match Maker, Picture Mix-Ups, Mazes, and Look and Look Again. In Match Maker, children are presented an increasingly large group of objects from which they pair up identical items. Picture Mix-Ups are sliding picture puzzles. And, Look and Look Again has children find the differences between two similar images. Not only are these well-designed games/activities entertaining and engaging, they also challenge children to develop patience, concentration, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, attention to detail, cognitive flexibility, short-term memory, and fine motor skills. The graphics are bright and colorful and the music is soft and pleasant; and, neither are distractions from the app's activities. It's a pleasure to use. Parents can try out Puzzletown with a free, 30-day trial, but after that, the automatically-renewing subscription will run $2.99 month.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2018 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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