The iPad is turning out to be a quality resource in education, especially for younger audiences. Busy Shapes is an app designed for children from 2 years, and up, and has a focus on very early education. The app is all about helping little ones recognize shapes, and colors, while directly using touch. Each screen offers one, or two shapes to interact with, and the goal is to drag shapes into matching holes. For instance, drag a yellow triangle piece into the yellow triangle hole. As the child advances, there are gates to slide out of the way, shapes that move by themselves, three different shapes for two holes, and more challenges.
Everything was designed with kids in mind as the app saves progress down to the exact scene, to restart at that particular level later on. The app also includes built-in time functionality, so you can limit play time for ten minutes, for example. Parents can also track a child’s progress based on time spent on each scene, success rate, and the current objective they have reached. There are also little additions including recognizing a non interactive finger placed on screen, and adjusting the difficulty on the fly based on time taken to complete each puzzle. There are multiple scenes to play on with different shape types, and colors to keep things fresh as new challenges are produced. Everything is presented with a high quality design, and it really is a great learning utility for youngsters.
Busy Shapes ($1.99, Universal) is an evolution of the classic wood peg toys, which is finely crafted for children to use before, or during pre-school.