Shape Gurus Review [iOS]

shapegurus_iconShape Gurus is the latest educational app in the “Gurus” series from developer Colto. Their previous apps include Star Gurus and ABC Gurus. One dealt with numbers while the other one with letters. This time around, Shape Gurus deals with recognizing different shapes as well as colors. Shape Gurus is an app designed for really young children who are just learning about their basic shapes and colors and with lots of visual and audio clues, this just might help them learn their shapes quicker.

Shape Gurus is a fairly simple game for kids to get into. It mainly consists of dragging shaped into their corresponding area. For instance, drag a square into the dotted square outline. What’s neat here is that if you drag it to the correct spot, it will tell you what the shape is, in this case it would be “Blue Square.” This is where the app also teaches about colors. Another rather nice touch is that you aren’t just dragging these shapes into random areas. When combined, the shapes form objects that come to life in both animation and sound. It’s a cool way of rewarding your child for a job well done.

The transitions between activities combined with the animations almost makes the game like a storybook. It’s an interesting way to keep things moving and a way to keep kids interested. Overall, I think that Shape Gurus is another wonderfully done app by Colto. I really like that this is not just a static educational app and instead requires a lot of participation from the user. The sights and sounds make this fun and I believe that children who are just learning about their shapes and colors will really enjoy this.

iTunes Link: Shape Gurus
Version: 1.0
Developer: Colto
Price: $1.99
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

UPDATE 01/29/16: For those interested in an Android version, I’ve been informed that there is one now. You can download that here for the same price: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.colto.shape

Description

Parents, are you searching for a fun game that stimulates your Preschooler’s brain?

Your child will love the challenge of solving this series of fun puzzles with shapes and colours as they make their way through an interactive story.

Designed for 2-5 year olds, this game teaches Preschoolers math skills of matching, sorting and classifying by shapes and colours. These are key skills Preschoolers need to acquire based on the American Core Knowledge Preschool sequence.

The game is playable in 12 languages: English (US + UK), Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Required iOS7 onwards

FEATURES

– Easy for kids to play on their own
– 27 interactive puzzles to solve with 4 shapes and 9 colours
– Audio of 36 coloured shapes including 4 shapes in 9 colours
– Occasional updates with new tasks added
– No in-app purchases
– No third party advertising
– COPPA compliant

[via iTunes]

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