Highlights Shapes – Shape Sort

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About this game

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:
- FREE Ancient Jungle Puzzle Pack – 4 shapes + 8 colors
- Magical Underwater Puzzle Pack – 8 shapes + 11 colors
- Mysterious Space Puzzle Pack – 11 shapes + 11 colors
- NEW Jurassic Journey Puzzle Pack –Introduce color mixing!
- NEW Savanna Safari Puzzle Pack – Expand on color mixing with even more colors!
- Optional FREE Sweet Arctic Puzzle Pack
- 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)

This app is fun, creative, confidence building and developmentally appropriate — brought to you by the early childhood experts at Highlights and the Italian creative studio Colto.

Highlights Shapes for kids ages 2+ is an ideal first app and is 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 increase 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.
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Dec 22, 2020

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Ratings and reviews

371 reviews
A Google user
July 11, 2019
Nice game but a little awkward. I've put my email for the artic puzzle pack at least 3 times now. Can't get past the first puzzle though. One of the pieces is nowhere to be seen on the screen. Plus lots of the pictures or pieces are half on/off the screen. Is this meant for tablets? Does anyone test the app before it's publicized? The controls are weird because sometimes you barely get the piece over it's spot and it goes automatically, then other pieces have to be placed exactly. Fix please.
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Highlights for Children, Inc.
July 23, 2019
Hi. We’re sorry you’re having difficulty with the app and appreciate you sharing. Please contact us at appsupport@highlights.com and include a description of your problem, the steps you have taken to resolve so far, and your device type and version so that we can help!
A Google user
April 9, 2020
Amazing app!! In all seriousness, my just-past-2 toddler will stay focused on this longer than almost anything else. He will play it quietly on his own for an hour. He was able to deduce how to play in a few attempts, and he learned to adapt to the changing rules/goals. I can see his brain growing while he plays. It was well worth the few bucks to buy the full game package (and no ads!!). Highly recommend for parents of toddlers.
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Highlights for Children, Inc.
May 8, 2020
We appreciate your review and are glad your son is enjoying the Shapes app!
A Google user
October 19, 2018
My 2 year old loves this game, it is infact the only app that I have paid for; however it overrides the screen timeout on the phone so the battery is constantly dieing because it never shuts down. The only other thing I would improve on would be the location of the home button. My kid is constantly touching it and doesn't understand that he has to hold the phone differently so not to touch it and lose his spot in the activities. But overall this is a great learning game and totally recommend it to parents with little kids. 😀
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Highlights for Children, Inc.
November 13, 2018
Hi, Maria. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We’re passing your comments on to our app team.

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