Dexteria VMI Visual-Motor Integration Skills

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Visually appealing visual motor practice is simple and fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice important visual-spatial relationships by creating and matching images as quickly as possible. Each level adds difficulty in construction, spatial relationship, or time, but challenge ramps up appropriately, and kids can keep trying until they get it right. Dexteria VMI Visual Motor-Integration Skills is full of appealing practice that's meant to boost eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, visual motor planning, and visual memory. 

Ease of Play

Users easily click and drag items to create and select matching shapes. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dexter VMI Visual-Motor Integration Skills helps kids practice visual-spatial relationships by matching and creating identical structures. Levels get more challenging as kids progress and add more shapes and colors, combine similar shapes and colors, discriminate between small, medium, and large objects, and hide the original to practice working-memory processes. The app saves elapsed time and accuracy scores and may be especially helpful for kids who benefit from extra visual and fine motor practice. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

DEXTERIA VMI VISUAL MOTOR-INTEGRATION SKILLS opens to the selection screen where users choose to Match This or Make This. The Match This game asks kids to find the objects or shapes that are exactly identical to the shape shown in the box. As kids progress, levels of difficulty are added, and a running timer keeps up with how long it takes them to complete each level. Correct items are met with a positive tone, while incorrect choices shake and ask kids to select again. On harder levels, the images kids are required to match are hidden by a question mark to add a level of working memory practice. If kids choose to play the Make This game, they click and drag items together to create an image identical to the shape shown in the box. Similar to the Match This game, correct times are met with a positive tone, and kids are allowed as many chances as necessary to create the shapes.

Is it any good?

The games are fun and challenging, even for older users, and the skills kids practice can help with other activities. Once kids learn the process of creating or matching objects, the difficulty appropriately matches the tasks. There are audio cues to help distinguish a successful match, engaging multiple sensory areas. Kids of all ages, preschool through high school, will find the graphics and patterns visually appealing and appropriate. The method of measuring time isn't anxiety-provoking, and kids can try as many times as necessary. The only major drawback is that it's really designed for a single user, so parents can't record data for multiple kids. Aside from that, this tool makes this type of visual-motor practice appealing and challenging.

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  • Families can talk about how this type of practice can help kids in and out of school. Ask kids to find matches or similar shapes in their everyday lives: Can you find a shape that looks like a stop sign? Which macaroni noodle looks most like a hair bow? Identifying these similarities can help boost problem-solving, logic, and early reading skills.

  • Families can also compete for the best time and accuracy scores. See who can score the fastest time using the Make This game or who can have 100 percent accuracy for the highest level using the Match This game.

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For kids who love problem-solving and preschool apps

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