WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"Picture Dots" is an interactive platform that empowers little ones to create content by dragging dots onto images to layer in words, sounds, and music notes. Kids and families are in charge of deciding the purpose and goal of the game and how to use the app's features. "Picture Dots" includes some images for kids to explore and interact with. Granting the app access to the device's camera and photos allows little ones to explore and work with images from their personal experiences. To navigate, kids drag the colored dots onto the image and choose whether the dots will represent sounds, words, or music notes. The music notes are programed into the app, but kids have the option to type words or record sounds to layer in original content. Under settings, families can control sound, voice over, and choose whether the app appear in English or Spanish. The sharing via email feature and uploading pictures from the camera roll are passcode protected; to access users have to solve addition problems.
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. Parents will find that this 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.
Little ones will find the app to be colorful and visually appealing, and it's concise and simple to navigate. 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.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 3 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Educational value: 4 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date: April 25, 2018
Size: 113.60 MB
Publisher: New York Hall of Science
Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
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