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Edu-App No-Brainer for 3/9/11:

Kids Can Create A Magical Multitude of Multi-Colored Masterpieces with MosaicHD

  • By:KidAppFactory
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Genre: Creativie Play, Educational, Art
  • Platforms: iPad Only
  • Price: .99
  • SAHGeekMom Rating: 5
  • Kid’s Score: 5 Pump’s up!
  • Recommended Age:  All Ages 3+

I have one of the VERY best Edu-Apps the Stay at home GeekMom has ever stumbled upon.

My QuickAdvice review will go up on appadvice.com soon, but I couldn’t wait to bring you the details! (check out my AppAdvice.com Reviews here)

Mosaic HD, by PopAppFactory mimics the old-fashioned wooden pegboard games that have been toy-room staples for generations.

In fact developer Elena told me:

The idea to do exactly Mosaic comes from our Soviet Union past… There was a lack of child games [but] on every shelf in every shop, one of this Mosaic – it is looks like this:

It has such an organic feel, I want to call this a toy, not an app and it’s a total Edu-App No-Brainer at .99.

This simple yet sophisticated game is great fun for children and even appealing to creative adults.

The board looks wooden and 3D. You have  simulated knobs to turn and buttons rather than just places to tap.

The game comes with both a small board and large pegs for the smallest fingers and large a pegboard with small pegs for older kids.

The pegs come in a assortment of vivd colors, and you can use them to play several games or create freestyle peg-art.

The game board, or more aptly the interface, is intuitive, engaging and simple.

If you choose to play with a pre-patterned card (available for both boards with varying difficulty levels) you are presented with a selection of pictures to copy.

There are two methods of play for both boards.

To make this fun rather than frustrating, there is a “help” mode. When engaged the image overlays the pegboard for easily placement.

For more of a challenge, kids can try to recreate the picture from a scaled-down image on the side.

Tapping on the image will quickly overlay  the pattern on your work indicating correct place ment, but only for a moment. The hint doesn’t reveal the whole solution.

(I know I barely make sense to myself – look at the picture up to the left to see what I mean!)

In “make your own masterpiece” mode, kids create free form and can easily share their creations via email and Facebook.

The optional Zen-like ambient soundtrack is another ingenius touch. It shows just how much  thought went into every aspect of this edu-app.

The music creates a tranquil environment to foster perseverance and creativity instead of distracting from the task at hand.

That alone sets it apart from most app offering for children. When you factor in the replay value and fun it’s truly a 5 star app!

It’s colourful and appealing, but has no unnecessary bells and whistles.

Based in Kiev, PopAppFactory understands that with kids, less is often more.

The specific educational benefits vary depending on age, but there is something for every stage of development. And the app rewards achievement at every level.

The youngest players gain from color, shape and pattern recognition and pre-schoolers improve fine-motor skills. Older children are challenged with more complicated spatial relations tests, while memory gains and creative expression are enjoyed by all.

MosaicHD is close to perfection, but needs a bit fine-tuning: peg placement can be frustrating on the big board.

It is too easy to remove pegs by accident or misplace them by missing the hole by the tiniest margin.

But updates and better still new kid’s apps are on their way soon!

Notwithstanding this app is a 5-star winner.  It is the rare educational app that encourages patience along with learning and will engage every member of the family.

MosaicHD is more toy than app and a must-have for parents looking for smart, guilt-free screen-time for their little learners.

And I will have some Promo Codes to give away as usual so don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, RRS feed or follow me on twitter @sahgeekmom 

Happy App Hunting



Comments on: "Edu-App No-Brainer: MosaicHD" (7)

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  2. This looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to try it! It also reminds me a little of that peg game where you have to keep jumping them and end up with only one.

  3. Catriona said:

    Looks like a ton of fun!

  4. Elaine Turchyn said:

    Looks like alot of fun, will look into it for the boys… and myself!!

  5. OH neat! It’s like litebrite! I had a similar peg game too 🙂

    • so funny I wanted to compare it to lite brite! They have an app too, I will review it soon, but I didn’t know how to say a wooden lite brite without making it silly. And thank you for the frequent visits and comments Tamara. Each comment enters you to win! if you ever want an app reviewed just drop me a note at sahgeekmom@gmail.com and thank you for reading 🙂

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