Preschool Connect the Dots

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Kids can practice the ABCs and 123s on the go.

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There are a lot of different settings for sound, types of objects, and types of connect-the-dots. Once these are set by the parent and the "play" button is selected, the app is simply a connect-the-dots game. After each picture is complete, the app starts another connect-the-dots picture. There are no other controls on the screen for a child to accidentally press.

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On the settings screen, there is a link for more about other games by Touch Screen Preschool Games. However, once the app is started, there is no way to return to the settings screen so a child would not accidentally come across it. Also, you must tap the application icon five times to visit the iTunes store, which prevents young children from accessing the links.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Preschool Connect the Dots is an educational game that teaches children numbers and ABCs by challenging them to connect the dots in numerical and alphabetical order. Various settings can be changed to make the game easier or harder. Making the settings screen inaccessible after the game is started is an additional safety measure which prevents children from accidentally changing settings or accessing the marketing and email capabilities of the app.

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Is it any good?

PRESCHOOL CONNECT THE DOTS is a simple, well-designed app: children touch the dots in numerical or alphabetical order, and are rewarded with a picture, a sound, and the name of the object. The app is created so that children cannot access the settings page, which is a great idea especially for younger kids who might tap anything that looks like a button. The main flaw is that the quality of the artwork is inconsistent -- it looks like simplistic clip art. Also, most of the puzzles are pretty simple outlines and could almost be done without knowing numerical/alphabetical order, simply by finding the start and going around the outside. It would be nice to see a similar app with more complex shapes that challenges children to look for the next number or letter.

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