Kids Connect the Dots is a Pretty Cool App to Complement Child Learning
Dec 20, 2011 8:26 AM –
Kids Connect the Dots is a cute dot-to-dot app designed just for kids. Perfect for kids under 7, it presents a number of cute puzzles for them to work out. The app features rich audio, different settings: 1, 2, 3… a, b, c… and A, B, C. Children like to try and guess the item they are drawing and find the whole thing pretty entertaining.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Lots of puzzles to work through!
- Bright pictures!
- Good audio!
- Variety of settings!
- Very, very simple, and even smaller kids will get bored in time.
Kids Connect the Dots is a beautifully simple little app that will display a series of dot-to-dot puzzles for small children. I’m not sure how many puzzles there were, but despite some intensive testing from my 6 year old there didn’t seem to be many duplicates.
In the settings you can select for the puzzles to be either numbers, letters or capital letters. You can choose for the app to have audio (where the letters or numbers are spoken, and the item will be named when complete) and even control whether a sound is played when the puzzle is finished.
I’m always wary handing my phone over to anyone (let along small children with sticky fingers) but hardware concern aside I don’t really want my child exploring my phone, sending SMS messages on my behalf or ringing people; left to her own devices she would, I have no doubt of that. So, it was extra pleasing to see a child lock feature included. This prevents the child from accidentally leaving the app while playing.
Kids Connect the Dots – Different background give children clues
Kids Connect the Dots – Lion
Kids Connect the Dots – Numbers
Kids Connect the Dots – This might be a guitar
Kids Connect the Dots – Capital letters
Kids Connect the Dots – Picture is revealved at the end
Kids Connect the Dots – Menu
Kids Connect the Dots – More Games
The app is good fun for children and I would anticipate you would get approximately ½ hour peace and quite while they play with this. It certainly kept my little tester quiet, besides frequent squeals when she completed the puzzle. However, I think after that time it begins to get a bit boring. I was soon approached with the question “hhmm can I play something else now?”
Also, one of the trendy educational methods at the moment is the use of phonetic learning- where letters actual sounds are used. These aren’t included in the app’s sound files which is a slight shame.
Ease of Use:
There’s good design here and the app is perfectly weighted to allow children easy usage. Things should be familiar as long as they are of the age where they recognise letters and numbers and works as a compliment to education.
I think a child might get a few plays out of this, especially if they are smaller and learning letters and numbers. It’s good practice for them, and fun too.
The interface is very simplistic but features bright colors and easy navigation. Joining the dots is very straightforward, and the app even provides ‘next letter’ hints (although this is controlled in the settings). It has been designed very much with children in mind and it shows. Simple, but then it is for small children.