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Video Review:

Shiny Circus

Age Level: Ages 0–5
By Developer: Shiny Things

Shiny Circus is a great way to introduce kids to basic math and physics concepts.

The main character is a fun-loving monkey named Charlie. He and his friends, Alice and Ralph are all on a fun adventure at the circus. Separated from his friends, Charlie finds himself part of the circus activities.

The app is set up in a storybook fashion, with text highlighting and press-and-recognize text. As the story unfolds, the player will be prompted to help Charlie accomplish 4 different educational games. The games have a problem-solving element to them as well as increasing understanding of areas such as: relative sizes and order, comparison of length, height, width and quantity, mass and balance, to name just a few.

I found this app a very fun learning experience. For very young children I would suggest you go through the app with them and show them how to do each activity. After this they should be able to do them on their own. This app is designed for children 4-6.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • Compare measurable attributes of objects by length, height, width and quantity
  • Learn about projections, velocity and trajectory of objects
  • Putting things into the correct size sequence
  • Learn about mass, balance, using parts and wholes
  • Developes fine motor skills
  • Developes problem solving skills
  • Literacy skills

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