DotToDot numbers & letters

Common Sense Media says

Puzzles to learn letters and math adapt for different ages.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety issues. Kids who have individual accounts on the same app can view who has the best time on the leaderboard, but it's not connected with any public leaderboards (such as Game Center), and it's optional; the timer can be completely turned off in settings.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • counting
  • multiplication
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The fun dot-to-dot puzzles will be familiar to most kids. Older kids may find the pictures easy to discern and not need to use their multiplication facts and just go through the motions of connecting the lines, decreasing engagement.

Learning Approach

Not much depth. Kids simply connect the dots to practice the sequential order of letters, numbers, and multiplication tables. Still, rote practice has its place in memorization, and there are more than a dozen settings to customize puzzles.

Support

The settings are clearly explained and easy for adults to access and change. Kids are prompted to either to repeat a level or move on to the next. Up to 36 players can have user accounts on one app, and the leaderboard shows best time.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Math

  • counting
  • multiplication
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:February 9, 2012
Category:Education
Size:37.00 MB
Publisher:Apps in My Pocket Ltd
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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