My First Tangrams

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Puzzles, Matching, Shapes

What we like best:

Funky music and bright colors engage kids while they’re arranging shapes.

What you should know:

Automated shape placement may make this app a little too easy for older players.
Full Review:

An ancient Chinese game comes to life in this spatial reasoning app for the preschool set. My First Tangrams is a colorful, musical introduction to the world of silly shape arrangement.

Children must manipulate squares, triangles, circles and more to piece together the collection of easy puzzles. Simple and straightforward, this app allows little learners to explore shapes, color and spatial orientation. It’s unlikely children will get frustrated with this game, as the interface is easy for little fingers to navigate and the puzzles don’t increase in difficulty. While this is good news for kids who want to avoid frustration, the absence of a clear progression of difficulty means that older kids will tire of gameplay quickly. Each empty shape spot has a discrete outline, and don’t require any orientation before “clicking” into place.

While great for shape recognition, this app doesn’t take advantage of opportunities to teach shape identification regardless of orientation, which is a shame. Try the first four levels for free in the lite version—if they’re engaging, upgrade to the 36 levels offered in the paid version. Parental supervision is encouraged, as My First Tangrams makes it exceedingly easy to accidentally choose the right answer.

Reviewed 2013-01-23 on Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 by Meg Butler

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