DotToDot numbers & letters
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Puzzles to learn letters and math adapt for different ages.
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Kids can practice the sequential order of letters, numbers, and multiplication tables up to 12 via the simple dot-to-dot puzzles on DotToDot numbers & letters. While completing the dot-to-dot puzzles and mastering the number sequences and letters presented in each, kids are challenged to work efficiently and, as a result, they build the concept of how memorization helps efficiency. DotToDot numbers & letters is a simple way for kids to practice basic math and literacy skills through a familiar and fun activity.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Once a parent or teacher sets the age range, kids simply swipe a finger from the first flashing number or letter to the next logical one in the sequence. When the dot-to-dot is complete, an image appears and prompts kids to move to the next level or repeat if that level wasn't completed in the target time. The settings, which can be set up for 36 different players, are clearly explained and easy for adults to access and change.
Products & Purchases
The main page includes the developer's logo and a link to information about purchasing more apps, but access to that page is protected with a child lock (you must solve a multiplication problem to enter).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DotToDot numbers & letters is a fun way for kids to practice memorizing numbers and letters in sequential order and learn their multiplication tables. The numbers and letters puzzles are tailored to younger kids, while the dot-to-dot puzzles with multiplication facts are for grade school-aged kids. There are more than a dozen settings to customize the puzzles to each kid's needs, and up to 36 players can register on the app.
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What’s It About?
First, create an account for each player and adjust settings to choose age-appropriate puzzles. Puzzles include dot-to-dots for connecting capital letters, lowercase letters, or numbers in order, or can require answering multiplication tables through 12. Kids swipe a finger from the first flashing number or letter to the next logical one in the sequence. When the dot-to-dot is complete, the lines become a picture. Kids can move to the next level or repeat the puzzle if they didn't finish it within the target time.
Is It Any Good?
DOTTODOT NUMBERS & LETTERS is a simple, cute way for kids to learn the correct order of letters and numbers and to practice multiplication tables. Sometimes the picture shapes that the dot-to-dots make are so easy to discern, older kids are likely to figure out where to connect the dots next without calculating the number in the multiplication table sequence. Still, just going through the motions of connecting the numbers they see may help them memorize the multiplication tables. The letters and numbers puzzles are especially good for younger kids learning the basics. This app provides straightforward, educational practice using enjoyable dot-to-dot puzzles.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Go to the settings page and customize the defaults to your kid's preferences (defaults are pre-set based on player's age).
If your kids are working on memorizing multiplication tables with the app, test them in other ways to make sure they're really memorizing them and not just completing the puzzles based on shapes.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, Math: counting, multiplication, numbers
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, solving puzzles, Self-Direction: working efficiently
- Release date: February 9, 2012
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Apps in My Pocket Ltd
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: August 18, 2016
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