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I’ve always thought that children learn better when they are interested and enjoying the content as much as possible. As technology has evolved over the years, so have our children’s skills. It’s no surprise to see toddlers playing with apps now. Puzzingo Kids Puzzles is the top ranking kids puzzles app in app stores with over 6 million downloads and 500 million puzzles played.
Puzzles are something that many children really enjoy, starting at a very young age. Puzzles are great because they help teach and reinforce color, letter and picture recognition, memory, matching, spatial concepts, and fine-motor skills. The Puzzingo app was inspired by the classic Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles, known to be loved by children, parents and educators alike.
Puzzingo was designed to be accessible for children 5 years of age or younger, as well as children having special needs. The app contains over 100 illustrated learning puzzles, and more than 40 mini-games. The puzzles are all based on popular themes including animals, space, cars, planes, holidays, princesses and fairies, trains, food, dinosaurs, pets, and much more. Core concepts such as weather and emotions are also covered.
Ten of the puzzle sets are free, the rest can be obtained through in-app purchases. There is also a Daily Free Preview of upcoming puzzles. The Pro Edition of Puzzingo includes all the puzzles from PUZZINGO Puzzles Free Edition, minus the in-app-purchases.
When you open one of the Puzzingo puzzle boards you are presented with a picture that contains darkened spaces that match the puzzle pieces.
As your child places the pieces, he will hear words that correspond with the puzzles pieces. This is terrific for enhancing emerging vocabulary skills.
When your child finishes a puzzle, he is rewarded with one of the “mini-games”. Some games only allow you to play a mini-game for a limited period of time. In Puzzingo there is no time limit for how long you can play the mini-games. This is really the one and only thing I didn’t fully understand about the game, there is no way to complete a mini-game that I found.
There are five languages available for you to choose from when beginning play, making it appropriate for children that are bilingual or learning a second language. One thing that I noticed is that the words all sound like they’re being spoken by real people, as opposed to the computer generated voices that some apps feature. This is because when they were designing the app, the folks at Puzzingo chose to use professional voice actors.
My son has been playing with Puzzingo every day since we downloaded it. So far his favorite sets are the trains, the cars and the animals. I think it’s the fun and familiar themes, along with the animations and interactivity, that draw him in. And, because there are thousands of pieces in numerous puzzles, he isn’t getting bored doing the same puzzle over and over again.
If your child is younger Puzzingo is perfect for the two of you to play together.
Here’s a trailer for the app.
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