Dexteria Dots 2 - Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Unique game boosts motor, memory, and math skills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about comparing numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction as they boost their critical-thinking skills to solve problems. There are two main options: Make Equal Dots and Compare Dots. Each option includes four levels, from beginner to expert. As kids start to play, a voice command tells them what value to make, and the timer begins. Kids have to manipulate dots to complete the challenge and are rewarded with fun animations and sounds. If they're fast enough, kids can earn bonus dots. Dexteria Dots 2 – Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts is an excellent tool for building math fluency and fine motor skills.

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The game is highly intuitive, information is well-organized, and navigation is easy. Voice-over instructions guide kids through different stages of gameplay.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dexteria Dots 2 – Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts is a unique, engaging way for kids to learn about essential math concepts. As they play, kids also work on improving motor and memory skills. Kids drag, tap, slice, and swipe to make sets of equal dots or to determine which set of dots has the greater value. Larger dots represent greater values, and smaller dots represent smaller values. There are two main options for gameplay, and each option includes four levels of difficulty from beginner to expert. Each challenge is timed, bonus dots are awarded, and most challenges have multiple solutions.

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What's it about?

Kids start by choosing either Make Equal Dots or Compare Dots. In Make Equal Dots, kids get several dots ranging in size and color. They have to drag and combine dots to make equal sets of dots. In Compare Dots, kids get two sets of dots, one on each side of the screen. They combine dots to visualize and compare which set represents a larger value. On the beginner levels, dots include four attributes: numerals, smaller mini-dots, color, and size. These attributes help kids determine the value of the dots. For example, a yellow 4-dot is smaller than the 5-dot and includes the numeral 4 and four mini-dots on its face. Younger kids can count dots to add or subtract, eventually figuring out that larger dots represent larger values and smaller dots represent smaller values. As the difficulty level increases, attributes are removed from the dots. In Expert level, only colors are given. Older kids can use more advanced addition and subtraction strategies, along with speed, to earn bonus dots.

 

Is it any good?

DEXTERIA DOTS 2 – FINE MOTOR SKILLS AND MATH CONCEPTS encourages kids to use critical thinking while building number sense and early addition and subtraction skills. Gameplay is seamlessly integrated with the learning experience. By completing the challenges, kids develop an understanding of the math concepts through visualization. The graphics are simple and effective, and the game is fun, engaging, and challenging for kids of all ages.

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  • Families can talk about how Dexteria Dots 2 might look in real life. Ask kids to make pencil-and-paper versions of their own dot challenges, or get creative using manipulatives.

  • If they're able to, have kids write and solve number sentences or inequalities for some of the challenges.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, equations, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, part-whole relationships, problem solving, thinking critically
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 31, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 38.00 MB
  • Publisher: BinaryLabs, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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