Review by Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2012
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Doodle Fit

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Geometric puzzler makes playing with blocks fun

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Math

Skills
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2–6
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Pros: The tight interface, simple graphics, and flexible gameplay challenge young and old.

Cons: After the first few puzzles, the challenge level might be too difficult for younger kids.

Bottom Line: This engaging spatial puzzler has wide appeal as it provides many difficulty levels.

For younger kids, teachers can use this engaging game to reinforce spatial-relations skills. The geometric shapes, ABCs, faces, and star bursts will keep kids playing. The system keeps track of multiple players; make sure to set them up before they start so they can save their solutions.

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Doodle Fit is an engaging geometric puzzle app with cool features and awesome flexibility. Kids can choose sketchpad or chalkboard graphics schemes. Gameplay requires them to fit mostly four-unit geometric shapes, with a few one- and two-unit shapes thrown in, into another shape without empty spaces or overlaps -- pretty basic puzzling. Kids drag and drop shapes to place them, tap or drag off to remove, and get hints when they're stuck. Blocks don't rotate, which limits possibilities but probably makes solutions easier since there are fewer options. Kids can skip a level and return to it later.

With 110 levels and multiple solutions for many of the puzzles, Doodle Fit will keep kids solving problems for quite a while. Each puzzle challenges them to study the whole to see where blocks can and can't fit. Early puzzles are quite approachable for second and third graders, but difficulty ramps up quickly.

The app tracks total time and number of moves used to solve each puzzle. It's simple and streamlined, although it does connect to Facebook and has some in-app purchase options. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Graphics are simple and clean. The early puzzles will engage younger kids. Solutions can be saved, so kids can replay to find another solution or choose any level.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

With multiple solutions possible, kids can exercise creative problem-solving. Difficulty ramps up quickly and might be too much for younger kids, but older kids will get a good spatial-relations workout.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The navigation is smooth, the tutorial covers basic moves, and kids can earn hints for up to half the pieces in a puzzle.


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Jonathan G. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Canadian International School
Singapore, Singapore
Fun way to practice problem solving.
I don't think it is really a teaching tool. It is an activity students can do that promotes critical thinking, while having fun. The nice thing about this app is that students see it as a game and are willing to play it, but really they are strengthening their problem solving abilities. I like the simplicity of it and the ease of operating it. It would be nice if there were some suggested ways to use it in a lesson instead of outside a lesson.
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