ABC Music | App Review & Activities

ABC Music guides learning through research and discovery.

ABC Music

ABC Music guides learning through research and discovery. Traditional encyclopedia-style presentation combined with real instrument sounds, videos, interaction and quality images makes all the ABC apps from Peapod Labs truly special. This is an absolute MUST HAVE on your iPhone or iPad.

 

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What makes this app unique is how the free-flowing design helps children to learn in multiple ways. Instead of guiding children through a series of activities, Peapod Labs created an environment where children get to choose what is interesting and important to them. The interface models how adults search for information, moving between websites and relevant texts to gather knowledge. What an amazing early learning experience to give your child.

 

Activity 1: Create Your Own Music Dictionary

What You’ll Need:

 

• Paper.
• Scissors.
• Stapler.
• Pencils, crayons markers.
• The ABC Music app.

 

Start by creating a simple flip book for your child. Go ahead and teach your older child how to make their own flip book. A simple flip book is made by folding a piece of paper into 4 equal parts. Cut along the folds, compile the pieces. You might want to wait to staple the edges until your child has finished writing and illustrating the pages. Find more fun flip books at Vicki Blackwell’s website.

 

Open up the ABC Music app. As your child learns about each instrument help them or have them write the name of the instrument and draw a quick picture. This is a great way for your child to keep track of their favorite instruments or instruments they want to learn how to play. You might need to plan a trip to your music store to see, touch and explore real instruments.

 

This activity is a great way to start talking about alphabetical order. Help your child (or challenge your child who knows the whole alphabet) to lay out all their pictures and order them from A to Z. You might want to write out the alphabet on a strip of paper for help. When the pages are ready, staple your book and add it to your child’s library!

 

Activity 2: Make Your Own Xylophone

Make a xylophone with this exploratory and entertaining at-home activity.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• Tin cans.
• Rubber bands or duct tape.
• Pencils, sticks, or anything you can use to bang on the cans.
• Earplugs?

 

Go through the recycling bin looking for tin cans of a variety of sizes. Coffee cans are fantastic for a nice deep sound. Try to find between 5-8 cans. After collecting and washing out the cans, strike each one to hear the different sounds they make.

 

Choose two cans to start and rubber band them together. If you don’t have a lot of rubber bands make sure to tape the cans together so they don’t move or fly around while playing. Add more cans creating a circle. Rubber band or tape together each can as you add it.

 

It is quite challenging to get the cans in straight line and have them stay put. By making a group of cans in a tight circle your child will be able to use their xylophone in many places around your home. Including their bedroom after the music making starts to wear on your nerves.

 

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Responsible Reviewing: How KinderTown Reviews Apps

At KinderTown, we believe mobile devices can be tremendous teaching tools in the hands of knowledgeable parents.

At KinderTown, we believe mobile devices can be tremendous teaching tools in the hands of knowledgeable parents. We sort through thousands of apps and “KinderTown Approve” the ones that stand up to our educational expectations. Each approved app is categorized by learning objectives and receives a brief, personalized review so parents can make better decisions about which apps fit their child’s individual needs. That’s what we do. Here’s what’s unique about how we do it:

 

We Buy Apps

We search for apps, get suggestions from parents, and talk to developers about what they are publishing. If we think an app appears worth reviewing, then we purchase the app and evaluate it using our review matrix which integrates both the latest in education research and what we know as educators and parents. We do this not only to ensure our reviews are as objective as possible, but because we want to financially support the developer community. We’re rooting for all of you!

 

“Buy App”? Don’t mind if we do!

 

We Don’t Show You Stars or Rankings

If the app is on KinderTown – we recommend it! We don’t delineate between 4 stars or 5 stars because at that point, it’s up to the parent to decide what’s best for a specific child. Our aim is to give parents the tools and information to make that decision simpler. Simple is what we’re all about, and there’s nothing simpler than saying every KinderTown approved app provides a top-notch educational experience.

 

Look Mom! No stars!

 

Crowd-Ratings Don’t Factor Into Our Reviews

There are many apps on iTunes that have a 5-star rating that we would not use with our own children. There are also apps receiving little recognition which create a wonderful learning experience. We have yet to see a crowd-rating system that we trust. Perhaps that will change, but until it does, it will not affect our opinion of an app.

 

Top Charts? More like “So What” Charts.

 

We Understand How Challenging App Development Is

We know because we’ve done it. We’ve taken an app from concept to launch and encountered every challenge along the way, from balancing fun and learning efficacy, to figuring out how to market in the app store. We never intended to be an app developer, but we wanted to be able to empathize with the hardworking developers we evaluate every day. We also wanted to better understand the technology and what is possible. Understanding the tools is as important as understanding what goes into creating an effective learning environment.

 

It’s not easy being here.

 

What We Look For In an App

Recommending apps for children ages 3 to 6 is not a simple task, but essentially, all of our methods of evaluation are designed to satisfy three objectives:

 

• To provide apps that are developmentally appropriate. We look for apps that provide quality social, emotional and physical learning experiences.

• To provide apps with clear learning objectives. We really like apps that are more than an interactive worksheet. Yet, we also look specifically for apps that support children who benefit from repetitive activities or calm, game-free environments.

• To provide apps that children and adults can use together. Interaction is key for young children; we hunt down apps that increase parent and child connections.

 

Our Work Is Never Finished

We are a business that is built upon providing the best resources. Our mission is to improve early childhood education by empowering parents with the tools to be better teachers. In order to maintain the highest of standards we understand that:

 

• As each “KinderTown Approved” app continually changes through new versions, we need to go back and remove apps that are no longer meeting our standards.

• We are lifetime learners. The way we review today will evolve through experience. To be responsible reviewers we will modify our standards as we read new research, work with children, and obtain feedback from parents.

 

Hopefully this helps you better understand what we’re trying to achieve with KinderTown and how we go about providing the resources and information that make a parent’s job of finding the best educational apps for their little ones easier.

 

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Take Part In a “Quickstudy” About eBooks

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is currently looking into the area of eBooks. They are working on a series of what they are calling “Quickstudies” looking at parents, children and eBooks. They need parents with children ages 2-6 to participate in a survey!

At KinderTown we often refer to the research done by the Cooney Center to guide our recommendations and decisions on educational apps. We are excited about this eBook study and hope our users will consider providing feedback. The survey will take just a few minutes of your time and there is will be a raffle for a $50 amazon gift card for participation.

Take the Cooney Center Survey

The results form the first Quickstudy wil be published in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

What should KinderTown do?

We’re interested in the Cooney Center survey in part, because we are considering adding book apps to our recommended list of apps. There is a lot of debate about how eBooks should be used, if eBooks are as meaningful for children as traditional paper-bound books, and how much children learn with the interactive elements found in eBooks. We know the power that books hold for learning and are excited about what many developers of eBooks are doing.

NOTE: THE POLL BELOW IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE COONEY CENTER SURVEY.

 

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Noodle Words HD – Action Set 1 | App Review & Activities

Noodle Words is one of our favorite apps ever! Watching the joy and giggles when new discoveries are made = Priceless!

Noodle Words HD – Action Set 1

Noodle Words is one of our favorite apps ever! Noodle Words is the first in a series of animated Word Toys. We never get tired of testing this app with children. Watching the joy and giggles when new discoveries are made = Priceless!

 

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Designed for both readers and non-readers to play with words, Noodle Words supports learning vocabulary and comprehension through motivational wordplay. There are 18 words that the Noodle Bugs illustrate with highly interactive antics. Children literally play with words to make DANCE dance, SPIN spin and JUMP jump as you tap, tilt, turn and blow.

 

Make sure you read through the menu tabs for helpful game tips for parents. Our kids come back to this app often, but with only 18 action words it leaves us wanting more. The time you spend with Noodle Words will be some of the most fun you will have learning vocabulary with your family!

 

Activity 1: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with these silly wordplay Valentines.

 

Have you picked up your classroom Valentines yet? Are you planning to make your own Valentines this year? The Crafty Crow blog has gathered some funny, “pun”-y Valentines ideas from around the web.

 

Check out all the activities here: The Craft Crow WordPlay Valentine Card Ideas for Kids.

 

How to choose from all the great ideas? Here are my top picks:

 

• For a last minute, quick make: You Color My Heart Valentines!

• For a funny treat: Hog’s and Kisses Valentine

• For a kid favorite: “Doh” you want to be my Valentine?

 

Activity 2: Go Fishing for Verbs

Make a fishing game to practice reading nouns and verbs!

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• Two bowls.
• Index cards.
• Paper clips.
• String.
• A magnet.

 

Start by creating a list of nouns and verbs with your child. Choose about 5 nouns and 5 verbs to start. Write one word on each index card, making sure to keep the piles separate. Add a paperclip to each card and put each set into a bowl.

 

Pull out a magnet fishing pole from an old game or make your own. All you need is to tie string around a magnet. Go ahead and just grab a magnet from the fridge! Get inspired by adding a stick from outside as a pole. Now you are ready to start fishing.

 

Fish for one noun card and one verb card. Put the cards together and read each word. You might have some very silly sentences! Extend the activity by thinking up endings to your sentences or writing out the noun and verb and adding a picture of what the sentence looks like. Your child will never realize they are doing “school work” with this game.

 

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Toca Store | App Review & Activities

Toca Store uses your child's natural exploration and triggers your child's imagination to help them to develop social and mathematical skills.

Toca Store

Toca Store encompasses all the creativity and complexity of play that Toca Boca is becoming known for.

Toca Store triggers your child’s imagination and inspires role-playing. This app takes advantage of your child’s natural exploration of everyday life to help them to develop social and mathematical skills.

 

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Toca Store provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss money and your family values. Your child’s job is to run a store acting as either the storekeeper or shopper. Your child will learn about making choices, counting and money. The storekeepers job is to stock the shelves, tend the register and set prices. The shopper gets to shop with a bag full of coins.  We recommend using it with two children but it easily engages one child playing both roles. It’s really fun for you to play along or to use when a friend comes over.

 

Several of the children we tested this app with quickly started negotiating and discussing the value of the products while deciding if it was worth paying the storekeepers prices. They were also thinking about how much they really wanted the item. It was interesting and I must tell you I had difficulty keeping a straight face.

 

Activity 1: Mega Game Board

Enlarge your favorite board games with these simple tips! Life-sized fun that the whole family can create and play together.

 

What You’ll Need:

• Small cardboard boxes.
• Construction paper.
• Mural paper.
• Tape.
• Markers.

 

This is not a simple pick up and play project, but one that will create hours of joy! Pull out a favorite board game. Lay out all the pieces and brainstorm how to recreate the game using the objects listed above.

 

Tape the mural paper down on a flat surface to make the perfect game board. Cardboard boxes can be transformed with construction paper to make life-sized dice. Small toys your child has can make fun game pieces.

 

Feeling really creative? Make your own game by creating “chance” cards. Cut out rectangles of construction paper. Write out favorable and negative things that are meaningful to your child with a reward or consequence for each. Ideas: “Helping walk the dog. Move ahead 2 spaces”, “Didn’t do your homework. Go back 2 spaces”.  Add in “tasks” cards for even more fun! Ideas: “Give everyone in the room a hug. Move ahead 1 space for every hug”, “Tell a funny joke. Move ahead 3 spaces”.

 

Activity 2: Build a Fort

I read an article from Scholastic titled: Why All Kids Should Build Forts. As an adult who still loves fort building, it seemed like the perfect article to share.

 

All you need are some blankets and a designated spot in the house for safe building. Chairs, couches, pillows, beds, tables…the fun is endless! When it looks like the fort is almost complete drop off some flashlights, books, toys, or a snack and lots of praise for all the hard work your children just did.

 

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Show & Tell: Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

Subject: Language

Categories: Pre-Reading, Reading

Concepts: Listening, Reading

Target Age: 3, 4, 5

Device: iPhone, iPad

Price (as of publishing): $1.99 (iPhone) $2.99 (iPad)

View Little Miss Muffet on the App Store (also view the iPad version)

We love how Little Miss Muffet brings a familiar nursery rhyme to your child’s fingertips. Each page is sweetly sung by children and filled with interaction. Interactive elements expand vocabulary and reinforce basic literacy and number skills. Children beam with joy when they discover each little “peekaboo moment” including two hidden nursery rhymes at the end. Thankfully, the developer did not add extra menus and advertisements which leaves your child free to play and explore.

Early vocabulary development is a big indicator of future reading success. By the time children enter school they have already learned thousands of words. Foster your child’s curiosity about language by answering that persistent question “Why?”. A questioning curiosity about the world helped your child learn speech as an infant. In Little Miss Muffet you have an opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary by connecting a familiar food, cottage cheese, to explain what curds and whey is. Take the time to nurture this natural curiosity!

Show What You Know

Activity 1: Using Poems During Play

Nursery Rhymes, FingerPlays and Poems are so much fun for children and have a huge impact on language learning.

Poem: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, do a clap.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your lap.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, arms out wide.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your side.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, hop on one.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, now you’re done.

Here are three ways you can use this one poem:

Act it out: This poem is wonderful because it is very physical. Children love listening and acting out each part of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Make sure to have stuffed animals or puppets ready in case your little one wants to put on a show!

Create a poem puzzle: Type or print out the words to the poem in large font and add images where needed. Print out 2 copies. Paste one complete copy on the front of a large envelope so your child can read the whole poem. Cut apart the other copy. Start with large 2 sentence groups. When that becomes easy cut it down to individual sentences. Be prepared to cut the poem down to half a sentence and then just individual words. Keep the pieces in the envelope when not being used.

Make you own rhyme: Reinforce new vocabulary and the beginning stages of rhyming by thinking up your own lines to the poem. This is a great activity for the car! Lines can be silly but they need to be in sets of two with the last words of each pair of sentences rhyming.

Activity 2: Good Reads

Here are some rhymes to enjoy with your child.

 

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Faces iMake | App Review & Activities

Faces iMake is an extraordinary tool for developing right brain creativity and expanding awareness in a really fun way.

Faces iMake

After reviewing Faces iMake with other educators and playing with children it is clear that this is an extraordinary tool for developing right brain creativity and expanding awareness in a really fun way.

 

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Faces iMake is a modern day take on Mr. Potato Head: a past generations’s mainstay toy for creative play. Yet, Faces iMake is much more fun. This app uses images of everyday objects which you manipulate to create colorful and silly pictures. Each picture created can be easily saved and shared.

 

Faces iMake was developed with artist, children’s book author and educator Hanoch Piven. It is based on the highly acclaimed creative workshops he has conducted in schools and kindergartens all around the world. Priven thoughtfully added short and entertaining lessons in the app to help children learn how to use each tool and get lots of ideas.

 

Activity 1: Edible Paint

 

There are lots of ways to make edible paint, here are a few easy recipes to try:

 

• Instant pudding + food coloring
• Light corn syrup + food coloring
• Sweetened condensed milk + food coloring

 
All you need to do is put a small amount of each liquid into a small bowl and mix in as much food coloring as you want. Natural food coloring works well too. Make sure to have lots of paper or a easy to clean surface ready!

 

Finger painting with edible paint is a wonderful sensory experience. Well cleaned paintbrushes or stamps work well too. Be careful with the food coloring as it can stain. Enjoy creating pictures, watching the colors change and the best part – licking your fingers!

 

Check out Play At Home Mom to see some great pictures to inspire you to make and use edible paint. You will also find many more hands-on, sensory activities.

 

Activity 2: Stories iMake

 

Take your creative faces and turn them into starring characters for your child’s stories.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• Your device
• Printer
• Folder

 

As you complete each face in Faces iMake, save it to photos or email it to yourself. Print out your picture and add it to a “faces binder” or put it in a folder your child can easily access. By creating a collection of faces your child has a set of their work to play with and tell stories about.

 

Use smaller pictures to make magnets for the fridge. Print them out on card stock and add a body outline to create personalized playhouse characters. We love how the work your child does on Faces iMake can be included into free play time at home!

 

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Show & Tell: Three Physics Apps for 5 and 6 Year Olds

Physics analyzes nature to explain how the universe functions. Until recently, schools considered physics to be an advanced subject. Today it is introduced and explored as early as Kindergarten.

We believe in activating our children’s interests in the fields of math and science early and not waiting until high school. Children are natural learners, especially when they can get deeply involved in the activities.

Enjoy using these three physics apps with your child!

Casey’s Contraptions HD

Subject: Science

Categories: Physical Science

Target Age: 5, 6

Device: iPad

Price (as of publishing): $2.99 (iPad)

View Casey’s Contraptions on the App Store 

Casey’s Contraptions is an app you will enjoy using with your youngsters. Casey is a creative kid who designs contraptions to get things done. Your job is to help Casey build paths to pop balloons, move books, roll balls through pipes and much, much more. With 30 different items to use, over 70 levels, and the ability to share through Game Center, the fun doesn’t stop there!  Casey’s Contraptions is the perfect app for the creative problem solver in your family. Be aware that reading is necessary to get started with this app. Plan to work with your child who is just learning to read.

Tippy Tower

Subject: Science

Categories: Physical Science

Target Age: 5, 6

Device: iPhone

Price (as of publishing): $0.99

View Tippy Tower on the App Store  (also view the free version)

Tippy Tower is an entertaining game that has you stacking blocks to build a tower that is both stable and reaches a designated height. Be mindful that this app is not designed as a children’s app, but provides a valuable experience. Blocks dangling from strings can be turned 360 degrees, an extra challenge than just grabbing and moving blocks. This family friendly logic game provides an expanded building block experience. Using this app with meaningful discussions and offline activities is a great way to expose your child to physical science.


Touch Physics

Subject: Science

Categories: Physical Science

Target Age: 6

Device: iPhone, iPad

Price (as of publishing): $1.99 (iPhone), $2.99 (iPad)

View Touch Physics on the App Store (also view the iPad version)

In this app your child will draw shapes with a crayon that comes to life on your device. These shapes interact with a wheel causing it to move according to physical laws. When it reaches the star, the level is complete. Your child will be engaging with gravity, friction and elasticity.

Show What You Know

Activity 1: How smooth is My Ride?

You will need:

  1. Construction Paper: cut into a 5×5 inch square
  2. Sheets of: sandpaper, wax paper, tin foil, plastic and any other flat textured surface you have around the house
  3. Large paperclip
  4. String
  5. 10 coins

Descriptive Vocabulary: bumpy, smooth, rough, uneven, level, jerky, wrinkled, rugged, irregular, coarse, scratchy, firm, resistant, unyielding

The objective of this activity is to experiment with different textures to see how the varied surfaces affect the stability of a tower of coins. This is a very open activity that should change and develop based on your child’s questions and interests.

First thing you need to do is construct a simple sled. Take your construction paper square and punch or make a little hole on one side. Tie the sting through the hold and connect it to the paper clip. Now when you pull the paper clip the sled will travel across the surface.

Lay out the flat sheets of varied textures. Make sure there is one surface that is smooth. Lay your sled on one textured sheet and carefully stack the 10 coins on top. Slowly pull the sled across the surface and notice what happens to the pile of coins.

Activity 2: Ramp it Up!

You will need:

  1. Blocks, Logos or any material you have to build ramps (cereal boxes work too)
  2. Toy cars
  3. Timer – Use your iPhone or iPad!
  4. Writing materials paired with an official clipboard if you have one in the house

Building ramps is a fantastic learning activity for children to experiment with. Pair building ramps with the three recommended physics apps. Guaranteed, your child will be designing new and more complex ramps around your home.

All you need to do is gather a pile of interesting items that can go into building a ramp and then turn your child loose and see what they make. Encourage them to compare two different ramps together and modify their ramps to see if they can make the cars go faster or slower. Get down on the floor and make some ramps of your own!

 

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My Word Wall | App Review & Activities

My Word Wall is a first-rate phonics apps that contains four well-designed games with over 75 sight words and 12 word families.

My Word Wall

My Word Wall is a first-rate phonics apps. It contains four well-designed games with over 75 sight words and 12 word families. Your beginning reader will have a great time practicing spelling, phonics and overall wordplay.

 

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Your child will work on identifying beginning sounds, word puzzles, word families, matching words to pictures and general vocabulary building. Short, concise directions are given in each game and there are no hints as the games are designed for your child to discover the answers with out “buzzing” every error made. We love how My Word Wall caters to multiple learning styles.

 

Activity 1: Write it – Roll it – Read it

Get ready parents…it’s time to bring out the playdough!

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• Playdough. Try out this recipe for more fun.
• Writing Paper.
• Wax Paper.
• Permanent Marker.

 

Playdough activities are excellent for young children because they create the perfect opportunity for fine-motor development and creativity. Parents all you need to do for this activity is be the writer for your child.

 

Lay out the writing paper and ask your child to think of some words they want to create. Choose words they just finished in My Word Wall or a favorite book to spark some ideas. Write the words out on the paper with dark thick lines.

 

Let your child create a little drawing next to the words to help them remember each word. Lay the wax paper on top of your writing paper. Create each word by rolling out “snakes” of playdough. Sit next to your child and help them think about each sound. Make the sounds for each letter often and encourage them to try too. Don’t forget to save your word sheet so your child can get it out to work on independently.

 

Activity 2: Games for Flashcards

Support your classroom teacher by knowing what letters and word families (or spelling patterns) your child is working on at school. Use these fun games to play and learn more at home.

 

Children are learning new words and making connections about language and reading patterns every day. The more you can do to support vocabulary and language learning at home, the more successful your child will be at transferring these positive experiences to school. Parents are the first and best teachers their children have.

 

What You’ll Need:
• Letter or word family flashcards (and index cards and markers work too).

 

One great way to use the flashcards you have sitting around the house is to take a few with you on a trip to the store or in the car. Pull out the flashcards and instead of just asking your child what is on it, play 20 questions or any other describing game. Get creative, let the game evolve based on the moods, energy or creativity of your family.

 

My favorite game starter questions are:

 

• I am thinking of a word that has the letter/word family ____.
• I have a letter (don’t tell but it’s: G) in my hand that is in the words pig, plug, game…
• Can you guess my letter? no peeking…
• Let’s think of words that are in this word family. (Go around the car and the last one to name a word wins!)
• Jump when you see the letter ____.

 

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My First Tangrams | App Review & Activity

My First Tangrams is proof that you CAN have fun while learning geometry.

My first Tangrams

We have selected My First Tangrams to show how families can have fun while learning geometry. Your entire family will delight in using this ancient Chinese logic game on a 21st century device.

 

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What is a tangram? A Tangram begins with a square which is then cut into seven standard pieces. Each is called a tan. In creating a picture, all seven tans must touch but not overlap.

 

The first reference to tangrams are from ancient China when tangrams were used in storytelling. The storyteller placed the tans in the shape of the characters. As the story unfolded and new characters or story elements were introduced, the puzzle pieces were rearranged.

 

This app is an adaptation. Rules have been simplified to allow every child to solve all 36 increasingly challenging Tangrams. Each picture comes to life as the shapes are placed on top, similar to a puzzle.

 

In the first game you drag and place colored shapes from the bottom of the screen to identical non-colored shapes to make a complete picture. The next challenge is to create the picture without the shape hints. Looking at a small completed Tangram, build the picture by dragging and placing each colored shape onto a blank space.

 

Enjoy the “creation mode” where children have fun creating and sharing their own pictures. Tangrams are a great way for young children to learn about shapes, colors and build spatial reasoning skills.

 

Activity: Make Your Own Tangram Story

 

Make a set of your own tangrams and start storytelling. A great activity for cold winter days when you can’t be outside building snow castles.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• Three copies of this home set of tangrams
• Scissors, crayons or markers
• Lots of imagination!

 

After playing with My first Tangrams, encourage the storyteller in your family to create their own picture and story. Have the tangram pattern printed and ready for cutting and coloring. Cut out each shape and let your child start coloring. Try to use a new color for each of the seven tans. Spread out all seven tans and start storytelling.

 

Young children might start by creating pictures to retell familiar stories. They need much more support streaming a story together but do enjoy playfully creating silly pictures with their family. Have them build a tangram, glue it onto paper and write out their story with the help from the whole family.

 

Older children will be much more independent in their storytelling. New story ideas can be inspired by other tangram stories found in books.

 

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