Mediakitchen has released a fun and friendly educational app that introduces the subject of shapes to children aged 2 to 5. With lively Irish background music and full voice over and sound effects, Explore and Learn Shapes 1.0 features 8 shape games introduced by a friendly leprechaun by the name of Lucky.
When children work with basic shapes they acquire skills that will help them learn to read, write and to embark on maths; children unconsciously learn the 'shape' of letters and numbers.
While reinforcing learning about shapes, this app also enhances abilities such as understanding instructions, recognition, naming, assessment of differences, counting, co-ordination, observation and logical deduction.
Throughout the games, Lucky the Leprechaun responds to the child's efforts with positive encouragement and congratulations as appropriate.
Correct answers make the shapes turn to golden coins that drop into Lucky's pot of gold with a satisfying jingle. There are prizes in the form of virtual stickers to be chosen and collected every time the child completes a series of four games. Using the stickers the child is able to build their own unique scene which also serves as an indicator to the parents of how many games the child has successfully completed.
Via the parental settings, the app can be customised to offer only those games an individual child is comfortable with. The settings also enable selecting which colours and shapes to include in the games, thereby enabling parents to introduce specific shapes and colour as the child progresses with their learning.
Games can be as straightforward as choosing a particular shape when prompted, through to a simple pairs matching game, or a game involving re-assembling a 'broken' shape via a jigsaw. At all times the games are fun but also educational, improving concentration and memory, and strengthening learning.
Explore and Learn Shapes reinforces abilities such as:
* Naming shapes
* Colour recognition
* Assessment of difference
* Understanding relative sizes
* Understanding instructions
* Observation and memory
* Logical deduction
Explore and Learn Shapes 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category. The app is also available for Android.
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