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Best sorting games for kids.


Here are the best educational apps and games featuring sorting activities. While playing these apps on their iPad, iPhone or Android device children learn to categorize, classify and divide objects. Kids are asked to put things in the right order, distribute objects into different catalogues or to select the item fitting the certain group. There are quizzes in which kids have to choose the right group the object belongs to or to pick the right item that fits the given category.
Kids can practice how to arrange items into different sizes, shapes, colors, grades and other categories.

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Bugs and Buttons

Bugs and Buttons
by Little Bit Studio, LLC.

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 95/100

version reviewed: 1.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Memory, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a pack of 18 games and activities concentrating on fine motor skills, critical thinking and problem solving.

What you do with it: please refer to the full list with descriptions available on the producer's website: http://littlebitstudio.com/bugsandbuttons/

What we liked: the concept, great graphics with very realistic animated insects, easy navigation and operation, the number and quality of (most) of the activities, adaptive learning system (difficulty increases or decreases depending on the child's progress), the sound backgrounds, the 'stamp collecting' rewards feature.

What we didn't like: no spoken instructions (in our opinion the 'visual instructions' were sometimes not sufficient). Some activities may require some help or additional explanation from a parent. We didn't like the human-like sounds (when insects are touched), the numerical scoring system with a timer (not very useful for younger kids), the activities where the insects are 'hurt' (caught with fingers or flung with a slingshot). The app could have even more educational value if it contained some real-life facts about the insects (e.g. presented in the Stamps section).

Bottom line: a great set of fun activities for developing fine motor skills, critical thinking and problem solving.

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Magic Sorter - Sea Tales - 10 in 1 - to develop important cognitive and fine motor skills

Magic Sorter - Sea Tales - 10 in 1 - to develop important cognitive and fine motor skills
by MobileIgromatic

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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.3

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is: 5 minigames for strengthening sorting, matching and fine motor skills.

What you do with it: depending on the activity match the objects with the silhouettes (basic geometric shapes, sea creatures), match by the color or by the size or solve a simple (6 large pieces) puzzle. After you complete the task a simple reward animation will be played.

What we liked: bright, colorful, kid-friendly illustrations and animations, very easy operation, all objects are very easy to handle (maybe apart from the puzzle game). Very clean interface, with no distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the app would have even more educational value if the names of the objects or colors were spoken.

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Count, Sort and Match

Count, Sort and Match
by Ripple Digital Publishing

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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a pack of 3 activities for development and strengthening early math skills.

What you do with it: the activities include: counting to 20 (count the objects on the tree, learn the number's name and the spelling, trace the number and its name), sorting (sort the laundry by the shape, color or size) and matching (match the number with equal number of candies, numbers from 1 to 12).

What we liked: the concept, audio instructions, no distracting elements, easy operation and navigation.

What we didn't like: the activities are rather simple and can quickly become repetitive (e.g. everytime in the counting activity you have exactly the same order of numbers, simply from 1 to 20). The rewards system may not be sufficient to keep a child occupied for long. Various difficulty levels would make this app more fun.

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Smart Fish: Magic Matrix - Common Core Concepts of Measurements and Data for Kindergarten and 1st Grade (K.MD.3 + 1.MD.4)

Smart Fish: Magic Matrix - Common Core Concepts of Measurements and Data for Kindergarten and 1st Grade (K.MD.3 + 1.MD.4)
by SocialBug Labs

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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: a set of activities for sorting and categorization practice. 15 levels with increasing difficulty.

What you do with it: place a set of cards in the correct row or column based on their attributes (e.g. color, shape, category). Categories include: colors, shapes, numbers, quantities, nature etc.

What we liked: the concept, variety of categories, easy operation. A very good tool for introducing the concept of tables and matrices.

What we didn't like: we found parts of the interface with the 'talking Eagle Ray' a bit distracting. No prompts/clues (that's why we recommend parental assistance). You are asked to log-in to the Yogiplay Center every time you start the app.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the app.

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Smart Fish: Magic Matrix HD - Common Core Concepts of Measurements and Data for Kindergarten and 1st Grade (K.MD.3 + 1.MD.4)

Smart Fish: Magic Matrix HD - Common Core Concepts of Measurements and Data for Kindergarten and 1st Grade (K.MD.3 + 1.MD.4)
by SocialBug Labs

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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.0.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving
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What it is: a set of activities for sorting and categorization practice. 15 levels with increasing difficulty.

What you do with it: place a set of cards in the correct row or column based on their attributes (e.g. color, shape, category). Categories include: colors, shapes, numbers, quantities, nature etc.

What we liked: the concept, variety of categories, easy operation. A very good tool for introducing the concept of tables and matrices.

What we didn't like: we found parts of the interface with the 'talking Eagle Ray' a bit distracting. No prompts/clues (that's why we recommend parental assistance). You are asked to log-in to the Yogiplay Center every time you start the app.

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the app.

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Merry Colours for Kids

Merry Colours for Kids
by Mediamachina Studio

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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Music & art, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an app for learning and recognizing colors.

What you do with it: There are two main options in this app: 'Read' (to learn the colors) and 'Play' (to practice them). The 'read' option features a minibook with 11 'pages' with colors, with 3 objects on each page. You touch the object and its name and color will be read out. The 'play' section has 3 minigames/activities: sorting objects by their color, mixing 2 colors in a 'color mixer' and pointing to the correct colors.

What we liked: very nice graphics, good quality audio, easy operation, overall quality of this app, good educational value.

What we didn't like: the minibook has no option to read all of the 'pages' automatically, without the need to touch an object on the page every time. In the 'play' section every time an activity is started, the configuration 'parent only' menu pops up (this should be configured somewhere else) and the audio instructions require an extra press of a button. The numerical scoring system in both minigames is not useful for smaller kids. We did not quite understand the purpose of the 'colors code' sheet in the mixing activity.

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Dr. Panda's Supermarket - Android version

Dr. Panda's Supermarket - Android version
by TribePlay

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: about 10 shopping/supermarket related activities.

What you do with it: sample activities:

- collecting and stacking shopping carts in front of the store

- unloading and arranging fruit boxes in the warehouse

- variety of shopping activities (filling the cart with the items from the shopping list, weighing vegetables etc)

- sorting bottles, cans and batteries in the appropriate recycling bins

Please check out our See Before You Buy video (below) for the complete set of activities.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of shopping-related activities. Fun factor. Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy operation. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: could have more education value (e.g. counting money, names of products etc). We wish there was more variety in the activities. No spoken instructions (an introduction to the activities by a parent is required for younger kids).

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Dr. Panda Supermarket

Dr. Panda Supermarket
by TribePlay Ltd.

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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive play, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: about 10 shopping/supermarket related activities.

What you do with it: sample activities:

- collecting and stacking shopping carts in front of the store

- unloading and arranging fruit boxes in the warehouse

- variety of shopping activities (filling the cart with the items from the shopping list, weighing vegetables etc)

- sorting bottles, cans and batteries in the appropriate recycling bins

Please check out our See Before You Buy video (below) for the complete set of activities.

What we liked: the concept. Good range of shopping-related activities. Fun factor. Simple illustrations and animations. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Easy operation. No distracting elements. Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: could have more education value (e.g. counting money, names of products etc). We wish there was more variety in the activities. No spoken instructions (an introduction to the activities by a parent is required for younger kids).

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Caboose - Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors,

Caboose - Learn Patterns and Sorting with Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Colors,
by @Reks

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Overall Score: 82/100

version reviewed: 2.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a simple activity for pattern creation and recognition

What you do with it: complete the pattern and move the caboose

What we liked: simple operation, many options including letters,phonics,numbers,shapes,colors

What we didn't like:rather limited 'fun actor', could include a little more difficult patterns, interesting but not quite useful scoring system (the moving caboose), no prompt or repeat of the spoken pattern, could be priced a little lower.

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Awesome Eats™

Awesome Eats™
by Whole Kids Foundation

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Overall Score: 59/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a sorting game promoting healthy eating habits.

What you do with it: try to sort vegetables, fruits and grains moving on 3 conveyor belts and avoid obstacles. Get extra points and bonuses for stacking items together, shooing birds away etc. As you progress the levels (there are 32 in the game) get more and more difficult.

What we liked: the concept (promotion of healthy eating through a game), funny graphics and sound effects. Healthy eating tips and instructions displayed before each level. The game is very well put together and fun to play.

What we didn't like: the game may be too fast paced for younger kids. The tips and instructions are text only (no audio) therefore we recommend parental assistance.

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