A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice the skill of noticing when looking at pictures or capturing real world images. Interacting with the images helps draw attention to detail and provides a platform for kids to explore language and sounds and implement their ideas. The open-ended design of the app promotes creativity and empowers kids to use pictures, words, sounds, and music to generate their own content.
Ease of Play
Step-by-step written directions with accompanying pictures,and Voice Over helps kids navigate some parts of the app. The design of the interface is appealing without it being too busy. Kids are in charge of creating material by following the app's simple steps.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids and families will enjoy letting their imagination soar and will feel empowered by this open-ended and interactive experience that taps into STEAM and language learning. Picture Dots is a platform that families can use for a variety of learning opportunities and to nurture a variety of science, math, language, and arts skills. Since the app is open-ended, kids may need some support in coming up with different ways to innovate with the tool. Parents will find this to be an awesome tool helps frame conversations about experiences, to tell stories, build vocabulary, and practice finding patters. The onscreen experience fuels offscreen connections and family bonding.
In addition to empowering kids to make observations, discuss images, and create content, Picture Dots is a bilingual tool, allowing families to enjoy its features in either English or Spanish. The app reads back the words or phrases kids assign the colored dots, reinforcing vocabulary is either language. Little ones will find the app to be colorful and visually appealing. It's also concise and simple to navigate. The app's functions are centered around layering in interactive dots and personalizing the experience. Another awesome feature is the parent gate required for adding images from the camera roll or for sharing via email. This feature adds a bit more control and oversight regarding how kids use or share material not already embedded in the app. Overall, Picture Dots is a fun platform that fosters creativity and can be used by families to explore and interact with the world around them.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.