Highlights™ Shapes 4+

Shape Sorting & Color Mixing

Highlights for Children, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.8 • 294 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Accompanied by a friendly fox - and other animal buddies along the way - young children will learn and practice matching, sorting, mixing and categorizing shapes and colors through imaginative activity-filled worlds. Visit an ancient jungle, the magical deep sea, mysterious outer space — even a wild savanna safari! The puzzle games are woven into engaging stories, and the games increase in challenge as your preschool-aged child plays.

Kids will benefit from:
• Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Curiosity as they explore new worlds of shapes, colors, and color mixing
• Learning to make predictions and understanding outcomes by discovering how primary colors mix together to form secondary colors
• Confidence as they make decisions and advance to new levels
• Learning key preschool and math skills like matching, sorting and classifying by shapes and colors
• Identifying and naming 11 shapes from circles to octagons, 11 primary and secondary colors and color mixing
• Development of fine motor skills
• Security of an ad-free environment

• 6 progressing levels of challenge:
o FREE Ancient Jungle Puzzle Pack – 4 shapes + 8 colors
o Magical Underwater Puzzle Pack – 8 shapes + 11 colors
o Mysterious Space Puzzle Pack – 11 shapes + 11 colors
o NEW Jurassic Journey Puzzle Pack –Introduce color mixing!
o NEW Savanna Safari Puzzle Pack – Expand on color mixing with even more colors!
o FREE Sweet Arctic Puzzle Pack – 8 shapes + 11 colors
•Hilarious surprises and delights to engage preschool children along the way
•Track progress, skip and replay functions
•3 language options (US English, UK English, Spanish)
•A secure, ad-free experience (CARU COPPA Safe Harbor Certified)

This app is fun, creative, confidence building and developmentally appropriate - brought to you by the early childhood experts at Highlights and Italian creative studio Colto.
Highlights Shapes is an ideal first app for kids 3+, and easy for young children to play on their own. It’s playable in English (US + UK) and Spanish.

As children progress through Highlights Shapes, they’ll develop creative thinking and essential problem-solving skills, both critical for the start of formal schooling.

Highlights Shapes combines geometric, sorting and matching skills that are crucial for preschool-aged children to grasp, with the fun of an engaging, age-appropriate game. Children will learn valuable math and vocabulary skills all while having a blast traveling through new and exciting worlds!

In this game, children will foster confidence, creativity and curiosity as they make decisions! They’ll build colorful geometric scenes, learn how colors mix to form other colors, and explore three exciting environments.

As children touch and drag each colorful shape, they’ll develop their fine motor skills.

As they correctly match and sort each object, children will hear their shapes and colors repeated aloud, helping them learn new words and increasing their existing vocabularies.

Highlights for Children
Founded by educators Dr. Garry and Caroline Myers in 1946, Highlights was built on the belief that “Children Are the World’s Most Important People™.” Today, 70 years later, every “Fun with a Purpose™” product is still designed to help children become their best selves: creative, curious, caring and confident.

Colto is creating imaginative and educational mobile play experiences for kids around the world based on original and branded properties. Our Team, made up of a Mum/Teachers and talented Game Designers, Developers and Marketers, strives to develop high quality educational Apps that kids love and parents trust. Our games are ethical, safe and designed to be non-addictive for kids.

Required iOS 8.1 onwards

What’s New

Version 1.5.1

Bug fixing

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
294 Ratings

294 Ratings

JECmeaty ,

Sound and music have disappeared

My granddaughter loves the games and enjoys moving the shapes. But we can’t get the music and sounds back on. I have tried pushing the individual on-off buttons for sound and music and turning the iPad on and off. Any suggestions?

Developer Response ,

Hi- Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry you're having trouble with the sound in the Shapes app. To fix the issue, please try to uninstall and reinstall the app. If this does not work, please email us at highlights-apps@highlights.com so that we can look into this further for you.

kwwtx ,

Good content

I liked the content for the price on this app. When my kiddo (21 months) put two triangles together to make a diamond, he was like ohhhh. Putting the shapes together was engaging for him though he already knew all the shapes and colors before playing this and it was fairly easy for him so he was focused on the discovery part of how everything was being arranged. After reading some other parent comments, they bring up interesting points. Yes there are archaeological artifacts and spaceships if that is a concern for anyone. Honestly at 21 months I’m pretty sure he isn’t putting too much thought on that part yet and the colors are engaging. Would he have preferred more down to earth fish and animal themes, probably. But overall 5 stars cause it’s cost is reasonable for content and little guy is expanding on his shape knowledge enjoyably with this app in ways that physical puzzles would not provide easily.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a thoughtful review. We're glad your son is enjoying Shapes!

Zolbg ,

Great Learning App

From the colors, themes, sounds and music to the actual tutorials themselves this app has held my kid’s attention and has taught them well. It all began with my 2.5 years old non verbal son who has received a diagnosis of autism. He persevered with isolating his finger and recognizing patterns with little outside motivation. It took some time but I’m happy to say he mastered the game. Hats off to Highlights for developing a challenging and rewarding app that also soothes.

Please make more. 😉

In-App Purchases

25% Off Preschool Puzzle Fun!
Learn shapes, colors & more with Highlights.

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