Can an iPhone game make your kids smarter? Studies show puzzles can

By on Mar 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

Toronto, ON, Canada – Researchers from the University of Chicago have found that children who play puzzle games regularly will perform better in spatial intelligence tests than children who do not. Psychologist Susan Levine and colleagues recently conducted a study that found 2-4 year-old children, who play with puzzles, have better spatial skills when assessed at 4 1/2 years of age. “The children who played with puzzles performed better than those who did not on tasks that assessed their ability to rotate and translate shapes,” said Levine, a leading expert on mathematics development in young children.”. Spatial abilities are directly linked to math abilities.

With devices like iPads and iPhones quickly becoming popular and available in homes and offices, the potential for new educational training games is interesting. Children seem to have a natural inclination for touch interfaces, and parents love letting their kids play and learn on their mobile devices.

One mobile developer, named “Fast Hatch Apps”, wants to see if mobile games can help kids learn while having fun. They’ve recently released a puzzle game called “Jungle Puzzles for Kids”, a game where kids put together pieces of lush jungle scenery. The game features 15 beautifully illustrated puzzles of animals like tigers, pandas, geckos, exotic birds, piranhas, and more.

Jungle Puzzles for Kids is:
* Wonderful for children aged 0 – 6
* Has beautiful animal illustrations of tigers, pandas, lizards, and more
* Easy to use and play
* Develops your kids spatial intelligence

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 21.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Jungle Puzzles for Kids 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. The first 4 puzzles for free. The remaining puzzles can be unlocked for only $1.99, a great deal compared to many other apps on the market.

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Based in Toronto, ON, Canada, Fast Hatch Apps is a privately held development company whose focus is on building mobile apps and games for kids. Copyright (C) 2012 Fast Hatch Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.