New app helps toddlers get busy with shapes and colours

There are lots of ways for toddlers to get to grips with shapes and colours that don’t involve a screen, so I’m a little unsure about the appeal of apps that promise to help.

Still, developer Edoki Academy has a really good track record of making thoughtful apps for children, so its latest release Busy Shapes & Colours is worth a look.

It has 11 shapes, 11 colours, and penguins. As characters, I mean: the app isn’t trying to convince children that ‘penguin’ is a shape. Although I guess it is, if you think about it…

“Busy Shapes & colours’ game play is simple, perfectly adapted to toddlers, it is specifically designed to sharpen their fine motor skills,” claims its app-store listing. “Also, as children progress through the levels, they encounter new challenges, maintaining their level of interest and engagement. For instance, fun effects on the shapes increase the level of rapidity and dexterity needed.”

With 150 levels there’s plenty to explore, and if you fall in love with those penguins as a parent, there are some stickers of them to use in your iMessage conversations, which is a nice touch.

Busy Shapes & Colours is a free download for iPhone and iPad.

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