Pinkfong Shapes and Colors is an educational app designed to teach your child about shapes, patterns, colors, and size comparisons. It is made by the South Korean educational entertainment company Pinkfong and features both games and songs to help children learn their shapes and colors. When the child logs into the app, they can scroll through a theme park and choose any option on the screen in order to begin a game. The games are played in sets of five-after the five games are completed, the child receives three prizes to choose from–whatever they receive goes into their virtual room. Each set of games allows them to collect another prize and eventually fill up their bedroom with toys.
The game also features songs about shapes and colors which kids can watch within the app itself.
Pinkfong Shapes and Colors is free to download but will require purchasing the app to access all of the games and songs. It is available now on Android and iOS.
Focus: Responding to salient rewards for short term tasks
Pinkfong’s Shapes and Colors is a great way for younger children to begin to practice their focusing skills. Because each set of five games is required to win a prize, the child must stay focused and play through all of the games without quitting. The games are short in duration, helping the child practice sustaining their attention for shorter periods of time. This can also be practiced when the child clicks on and listens to any of the songs featured on the app. For children who are ready to practice focusing for longer periods of time, the games will continue to loop after the initial five have been completed, leading to longer periods of play and learning.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Children can begin to practice with their working memory skills by playing the games in this app. Each game has a task which requires the child to access information in their brain about shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes while they are manipulating the objects on the screen. Because each game is short in duration and has a limited number of options, this is a low-stakes way to begin to develop this skill within your child.
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