Spur Design, a nationally recognized design and illustration studio, has released a new ipad app, PrestoBingo Shapes, which teaches shape recognition and counting. It is designed for children ages 2-6. Illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth, PrestoBingo Shapes takes a modern approach to app design.
PrestoBingo Shapes provides an introduction to geometry for children. Circles, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, semi-circles, squares, triangles, trapezoids, and triangles are explained and identified. Each screen presents a different shape-finding puzzle and kids are verbally and visually prompted to click on the shapes.
Animations throughout the app explain geometric forms concisely, and encourage children to see shapes in a unique way. When prompted for more information, the apps narration explains, "A trapezoid is a triangle with the top cut off. It can be a tent in the woods, or a lampshade, or a ship sailing away."
The premiss for designing this app was the simple idea that we can find shapes everywhere. As creator Joyce Hesselberth explains, "A square isn't just a square. It's a present, a building, a jack-in-the-box, a window. Sometimes it's even something silly, like my brother's head, or a balloon that's not quite right. Shapes are everywhere."
As shapes are discovered, they are counted as well, reinforcing numbers from 1 to 20.
PrestoBingo Shapes Features: 12 Illustrated puzzles, 20 animations, Concise descriptions of shapes in terms kids can understand, Text based, verbal and visual prompts throughout, A narrator to guide the child through the app.
via PR Mac