Shape Up! Lite app by Busythings is a free version of the full app (.99) for iPhone/iPad. This is a delightful, visual motor app that draws shapes that develops geometric pictures similar to the three-dimensional parquetry or tanagrams. More of a visual motor task for students than a spatial reasoning app, it is lively and motivating with the sound and animations it provides. Sound can be turned off if needed.
The lite version of Shape Up! provides four geometric pictures to make out of the 20 provided in the full version. Pictures can be reset after drawing them. Tracing over the provided dotted lines of each of the shapes is required to complete the picture which results in an animation. Tracing has to be quite grossly inaccurate for the lines to not be accepted requiring the inaccurate sections to be redone. Tools provided are either a paintbrush or paint can to trace or fill the shapes of the pictures.
This is a delightful, simple visual motor activity for young children and primary aged students. The animation and sounds are motivating and fun.
Other methods of intervention that might be considered with this app might be to:
- Print out the pictures created by the app (take screen shot then email or print off) and have students cut out the shapes and recreate them from the completed model in the app
- If you have parquetry (real shapes) that are similar in shapes, have the students recreate the geometric designs with real shapes using the completed shapes as a model.
- Print out the pictures created by the app and work on shape names, circle all the squares, rectangles, circles, triangles (etc.). How many are there of each?
Shape Up! is a very fun app addition to your OT iTool Kit. Check out the lite version to see if it is a keeper!