Shape it! | creativity kids app with geometrical shapes for iPad & iPhone
✔ iPad + iPhone | kids app for ages 3-8 years
The app developers of SulaWorks, who are also known for their previous picture book app “The gorgeous bike”, have just published a colorful creativity app for kids, which is offered on the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone under the name “Shape it!”. With Shape it! kids get to shape and design various figures, animals and even whole landscapes out of geometrical shapes. We were able to test the app beforehand and will now tell you all about it.
In order for younger and older kids to get their money’s worth, Shape it! offers three different creativity modes. In the first mode, kids can easily re-create figures out of geometrical shapes where a preview of the actual figure is shown and kids can use this template as a guide. On the the right side of the screen, various geometrical shapes are shown, which kids can select and simply use to puzzle the chosen figure. The figures can then be freely placed onto the landscape. Many animals and other farm figures and vehicles are offered as templates, which gradually create a farm quite to the taste of children.
Creativity fun with shapes
In the first modes kids are restricted to pick the colors and shapes of the given template, whereas in the other creativity modes, kids get to freely pick the shapes and colors that are being used. However, kids can always use the templates as a guide if they need to, which can be shown as mini-previews. In the third mode, colorful and exchangeable backgrounds encourage kids to use their imagination and create their very own figures and compositions.
Navigation and technical implementation
The navigation is child-friendly. The shapes are simply dragged across the screen. The size of each shape can be resized via plus and minus button and triangles, circles and squares can be rotated to the desired position with a slider. Even easier is the composition of the figures with the known finger gestures.
However the delete function should be improved. Shapes that aren’t needed can be deleted by tossing them off the screen. During our test period however, it took us several times and usually only worked after the third time around. By the way, the pictures can be saved as a photo. It’s not possible to make any changes later on, but the pictures can be collected in a gallery, where kids can proudly present them to their parents.
Our YouTube video trailer
Check out the Shape it! app in action with our YouTube video trailer.
Shape it! | kids app rating
Let’s face it – you can’t simply have enough creativity apps for kids and they simply belong to one of the most useful apps for kids. Shape it! is no exception and reminds us of potato stamping due to it’s shapes and the Japanese game classic Tangram – only with more colors, fun and cute animals. We especially like the three challenging difficulty levels and the app developers are absolutely correct with their age recommendation of 3-8 years.
Just like every app, there are always some suggestions for improvement that we have noticed, for example in the first level, shapes that are on top of another, cover up the underlying contours. Also deleting shapes could be easier. Kids would also like more landscape backgrounds in all game modes. At the moment there is only one landscape available plus various unicolored backgrounds to choose from.
Our conclusion: If your kids like getting creative on the iPad, then shape it! is just perfect for them.
Tip: The app is offered for an introductory price (50% discount) of $ 0.99!
Download Shape it!
➔ App download for – iPad & iPhone on Apple App Store
* Not yet available for Android & Kindle Fire at the time of review
App developers: SulaWorks