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Puzzle app a hit with my preschooler

Posted by Kristi Palma  May 16, 2013 06:00 AM

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By Kristi Palma
Boston.com staff

truckpuzzle.jpgReviewing: Kids Trucks: Puzzles - An animated truck puzzle game for toddlers, preschoolers, and young children
By: Scott Adelman
Available on: Android
Price: Free
Should you get it? Yes

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My 3-year-old daughter loves puzzles.

She will sit on the floor and do the same puzzle over and over again - putting it together, breaking it apart, putting it together, breaking it apart.

So you can imagine her delight over this animated puzzle app we recently downloaded on my Kindle Fire.

She doesn't even care that this app features trucks instead of princesses. What she cares about is the variety of puzzles offered all in one place (she loves to scroll through and choose them as much as she loves to do them) and the bonus of seeing the puzzle come to life after she's moved the last piece into place. Not only that, but little paint bubbles erupt when she finishes one, which she can pop with her finger. Her old-school cardboard puzzles certainly can't offer that!

The app features 13 different puzzles in the form of trucks, shapes, and numbers. The trucks and numbers have little eyeballs, to which my daughter Paige likes to say: "They're looking at their friends!"

This is a very simple app. Children drag a shape from the left side of the screen and fit it into the scene on the right side of the screen.

"See, mom?" said Paige after completing a puzzle. "It's easy!"

And it's easy to choose the puzzle you want to do or navigate back or forward through the puzzles if you change your mind.

But while my 3-year-old may delight in easy, her 6-year-old older brother gets bored. This game is geared for kids age 1 to 6 and may lose the interest of kids on the upper end of that range.

About Apptitude Test blogger Kathryn Cartini

Born to challenge the "status quo," with three older brothers Kathryn's first story was probably a tattle, a skill she managed to turn into a career in broadcasting. Now as a communications specialist and CEO of Peacock Media, Kathryn continues #SharingStories that grow businesses and inspire others to follow their hearts in work and life, herself included. More »

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