Phlip is a very handy app in all sorts of ways. It involves taking a photo when in the app. Once this has happened, it is automatically turned into a little puzzle requiring a bit of visual discrimination to solve.
There’s different levels of complexity. This is the 5×5 grid, but there’s other options from 2×2 upwards. So little children can access this app as well as older children and adults.
Once you have picked your grid, immediately, each square is is shuffled up.
The challenge is to unshuffle the photo as quickly as possible. You click on any square that you wish to lock in the direction it is facing. Then you rotate the iPad or iPhone left and right until the photos rotate back to horizontal.
Once this happens you get a celebration noise and you can email your creation to a friend to see if they can beat your time. For your friend to have a go, they will need the app installed on their device too.
The potential of this app is rather good. Firstly, it’s a useful way of personalising a puzzle by children for them to complete. Second, I rather liked the idea of children going into their outdoor space or school grounds to photograph something important to them, such as their favourite place. This can then be used to create a puzzle which can be emailed home. Parents can then have a go and share their experiences with their child. Likewise, children can send in puzzles from home to school. Just a simple way of creating friendly discussion around a photo. Niiiiice….