Spot the Dot

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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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David A. Carter book teaches colors in 10 interactive pages.

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The app progresses intuitively as if reading through pages of a book. Instructions are spoken and can be read via a help link. The games on the pages progress in difficulty, with later ones requiring speed, memory, and concentration. A colored menu allows users to skip between pages, though doing this quickly makes the spoken instructions overlap or cut short. The book restarts after closing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spot the Dot is an interactive book app by popular pop-up author David A. Carter. Each of the book’s 10 sections introduces a colored dot, which is then hidden on the page among other colored shapes. Just like a pop-up book, the reader must interact with the page to find the dot, by tapping, sliding, and even combining the shapes on the page.  Reading is not necessary, but some of the pages may be challenging for younger learners who have trouble with fine motor coordination or who do not already know their colors and shapes.

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Spot the Dot is a fun way to reinforce shapes and colors for early learners.  It combines the simplicity and repetitive nature of a picture book with interactive puzzles that will keep kids engaged. It’s best to play the game together at first, to help your kids through some of the more puzzling pages and get the benefit of the teaching tips on each page.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release date: May 17, 2011
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 21.80 MB
  • Publisher: Ruckus Media Group
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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