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Use Shape-O ABC's to help kids practice shape and letter naming, orientation (describing where shapes are located in the puzzle in relation to one another -- for example, "the circle is above the triangle" or "the rectangle is beside the square"), as well as color and word identification. The many beautiful puzzles and the variety of objects, animals, and other images incorporated into the puzzles make this app a good exercise in naming and a good vocabulary builder.Continue reading Show less
Shape-O ABC's is an early educational puzzle game that includes more than 100 beautiful puzzles. Kids swipe shape pieces into a puzzle to create a picture and swipe letters into the word that names the picture. Three adjustable difficulty levels make the app appropriate for kids from 2 to 7. Kids simply press "Play" on the app's main screen, tap to scroll through pages with dozens of puzzle options, tap the desired puzzle, and begin dragging shapes and letters into the matching shaded portions of the puzzle picture box. They can change colors within the puzzle by tapping a rainbow icon, or tap the eye icon to get a clue about filling in the shapes. The app responds to incorrect letter and shape placement by simply moving them back to the pile for kids to try again. Adults can adapt settings to increase spelling difficulty and puzzle complexity. When a puzzle is complete, kids hear a rewarding sound, listen to a narrator spell and say the word, and see a cute animated picture.
Shape-O ABC's can be a fun and solidly educational classroom preschool and kindergarten tool, especially if teachers use it as a springboard for discussions about color, shape, and letter names, and orientation. Kids can learn letter and word recognition, as well as names of animals and other images when completing the puzzles. On the downside, kids cannot choose colors selectively, and reward graphics aren't related to puzzle images (bees appear when kids complete the tiger puzzle; a frog, when the hamburger puzzle is complete). Both additions would be excellent updates to the creativity and learning potential of this app.
Key Standards Supported
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.