Puzzle for Toddler Woozzle by Swan Soft is very easy to navigate game app for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for the youngest of fingers. Simply scroll, drag, and drop into place. As pieces are dropped correctly they will lock into place and you child will be amazed at how puzzle pieces will merge together as one as smiles light up their faces!
The moment you come home from the hospital with your bundle(s) of joy, your world completely changes. Your organized, clean, adult like home takes on a whole new persona from year to year. As your little one(s) grow, so do their toys. Amazingly, toys encourage children to manipulate, explore and imagine. No matter how they play and learn, toddlers and preschoolers will be building and reinforcing their vocabulary, making connections wherever they go. On a daily basis do you find random pieces, unsure as to where they belong? Well now you can control some of those pieces as your child(ren) plays on their mobile device. From the developers of Swam Soft, Puzzle for Toddler Woozzle was recently updated for your Apple device running iOS 4.0 or later. Have your toddler or pre-schooler piece back together 24 familiar objects from automobiles, food, animals and toys.
Put your real world Melissa and Doug puzzle boards into one interactive application. Woozzle Wood Puzzle is very easy to navigate for the youngest of fingers. Upon entering, users will be presented with a main menu filled with colorfully decorated wooden squares. As puzzles are chosen by the user, they will magically break apart into several pieces. With appealing sounds, your child will feel like they have just shaken, rattled and rolled their puzzle apart. Your "work table" screen will have an etched out image which your child must fill and match with colored pieces from the bottom. Simply scroll, drag, and drop into place. As pieces are dropped correctly they will lock into place. However, if incorrectly placed they will bounce back to the bottom of the screen. Your child will be amazed at how puzzle pieces will merge together as one as smiles light up their faces when they are verbally rewarded. Verbal reinforcements can be set in 10 different languages ranging from English, French, Dutch, Japanese and Italian. A note to the developers - as puzzles are built, might it also be possible to incorporate the spoken vocabulary word as well. By integrating this into the application, users will be making both a visual and auditory connection through their manipulation. Since Woozzle Wood Puzzle's is also targeted towards pre-schoolers, we wondered if an option might be added to the "settings" which would allow users to shake their device, making sized pieces different. Through this incorporation, users would begin to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Overall, Puzzle for Toddler Woozzle is engaging as it has a great deal of potential in future updates. If you would like to learn more about the developers from Swan Soft, please visit their website here. Currently, Woozzle Wood Puzzles can be downloaded and added to your iTunes library of apps for .99¢ by simply clicking here. If your little one just can't get enough Woozzle Puzzle time, then be sure to download their free coloring book as well here.
App reviewed by Andrea Gardner, a teacher by day and parent by night looking to effectively incorporate mobile devices in both of her worlds. Her main objective is to show how apps can be used in a multitude of environments as her own child and students are gaming for a reason! Visit her site at Applicable2U.
Disclosure: received a free copy of this app for review purposes and review was move up the waiting list via priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.