Parents' Guide to

Dexteria Jr.

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Strengthen fine motor skills with touch-screen games.

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Is It Any Good?

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Dexteria Jr. has a cute, appealing design. Though gameplay is relatively simple and game options are limited, kids likely will enjoy squishing the squash or popping the peppers as fast as they can. The tracking feature provides useful information that can help parents see how their kids' accuracy and speed are improving over time. But it would be nice to see some help for parents who want to interpret this data.

Kids will definitely get lots of practice with fine motor movements using their fingers. But as a tablet app, Dexteria Jr. raises an important question: Is this kind of flat-screen practice actually transferrable to the 3-D, physical world? Will pinching a pepper on the screen really prepare kids to hold a pencil? The tracing activity seems to be the most promising -- if, perhaps, the least engaging -- as it mimics letter-tracing workbooks and skills that may be more readily transferred beyond the screen. Parents can try to bridge a kid's experiences by referencing the actions in Dexteria Jr. explicitly as kids perform daily activities.

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