Apple has now handpicked the fun child learning and development app Busy Shapes as the App Store’s new Free App of the Week. Regularly listed at $3, this is the very first time we have seen the children’s game go free on the App Store. It features a host of puzzles and games to sharpen the mind’s of youngsters along with some handy “guided access” features and helpful parental monitoring/controls. Video below.

iOS Universal: Busy Shapes: FREE (Reg. $3)

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ABOUT BUSY SHAPES Busy Shapes helps children improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles, in which they must change simple shapes and place them in proper holes. Along the way, the app responds to each child’s actions with positive guidance and motivation. Plus, the app’s digital exploratory playground regularly refreshes with different objects, which keeps children interested and engaged.

INSPIRED BY JEAN PIAGET Busy Shapes is inspired by the pioneering works of famed Swiss scientist and intelligence expert Jean Piaget (1896-1980), who believed that “children are little scientists”, and that a child’s thoughts are built through experiences that encourage him or her to engage in the reasoning process.

INNOVATIVE, SCALEABLE PLATFORM Busy Shapes’ innovative scaleable platform for evolving experimentation lets children take advantage of the time they spend on touch screens — so they aren’t just having fun, but learning every second of the way.

KID-FRIENDLY DESIGN Busy Shapes features a special “kid-friendly” design that compensates for the fact that when young children hold an iPad or iPhone, they often have a finger touching the screen.

“PASSING” SWIPE CONTROL Busy Shapes features “passing” swipe control that is essential for young children’s quick hands (i.e. even if a child’s finger reaches an object after he or she was already touching the screen, the object is still grasped as intended).

POWERFUL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) Busy Shapes’ powerful AI supports each child’s unique learning journey. For example, the AI tracks the time it takes each child to complete a level, and increases or decreases difficulty accordingly.

GUIDED ACCESS To prevent children from exiting the app by pressing the “home” button, Busy Shapes features a customizable Guided Access. This feature also disables selected parts of the screen for safety and protection.

REAL-TIME MONITORING Parents can access real-time monitoring and get advice on how to guide their children. They can also track their child’s progress updates via Apple’s Game Center.

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