: Mobile Puzzle Games Developer
: Various Rated
: Recommended Compatibility
: iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and/or Android
Introduction Mobile technology
is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT market. A large part of that market is driven by the enormous success of mobile apps
. Apps address a wide variety of needs from helping people with their finances to entertaining them with puzzles and games. Today they play an ever increasing role in the education of younger kids from toddlers to kindergarten and early elementary school-age.
There are many apps designed for children and most are pure entertainment providers. However, with a little research, parents can find plenty of good educational games and puzzles suitable for children that are not just useless time wasters. To get them started, here are four puzzle apps for kiddies that balance the educational aspect with a little entertainment to make learning fun.
Kids Education Puzzle
This puzzle game is image-centric and designed to familiarize kids with words and the objects they describe. Players manipulate tiles to form a picture that matches the word listed. Most of the pictures are of animals that a child might easily recognize. The app also sounds out the words that describe the image within the puzzle, so kids can work on their phonics as they piece together the image. Because of its simplicity this app would be best suited for kids in preschool or kindergarten. For Android
★ More than 60 puzzles.
★ Learn by playing. When the kids finish the puzzle, a lady voice will tell what the puzzle is.
★ Recommended for preschoolers but kindergarten and early grades may enjoy it, also.
★ Features Baby Mode, in which all buttons except Home button is disabled.
Full version ($2.00 approx.):
★ More than 200 puzzles. More added in future.updates
Download Kids Education Puzzle
Amazing Shape Puzzle
PUZZINGO - screen shot
The Amazing Shape Puzzle is similar to the previous app in that it's image-based. However, it might appeal to slightly older kids since it features not only animals but also objects and concepts which are more complex that younger children might not be familiar with. The Amazing Shape Puzzle also helps kids with phonics and pronunciation by sounding out the words involved. The basic version is free and available for the iPad
and iPod touch
. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
★ 280 individual puzzles with sounds and Word Learning.
★ 8 scenes.
Full version ($2.99):
★ 36 SCENES—Animal – Food – Life – Map – Festivals – and more.
★ English, Spanish, German and French pronunciation.
Download Amazing Shape Puzzle
PUZZINGO is more interactive than the two previous apps. This app might have children identifying similar animals in certain settings or matching identical objects in a group. The key is that the app repeatedly asks the player for input and constantly challenges the player to think about what they're doing. It poses questions about the pieces in play and encourages kids to make decisions based on the data in front of them. The app is free and available for both Android and iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Free version has limited play.
$1.99 for full version.
Download PUZZINGO (Android)
Download PUZZINGO (Mac OS)
Math Bingo is a math-centric puzzle game which blends basic arithmetic lessons with the classic bingo game
to create a fun and educational gaming experience for kids. Players are asked to solve simple arithmetic problems and plot the answers on a bingo card. The more math problems they solve, the better the chance they have of getting a bingo and advancing to a new game. This app is educational gaming at its finest. It costs only 0.99 cents and is compatible with all iOS devices.
*Choose from 4 games: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
*Choose from 3 different levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium and Hard
*Create up to 5 player profiles
*Choose from 8 different cartoon avatars
Download Math Bingo