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‘DotToDot number whiz – An excellent app to teach numbers/letters/multiplication tables.

Kids enjoy practising counting and alphabetical order with DotToDot number whiz.

You can choose what they practice or use the app’s age-based defaults. A four-year-old might practise counting “1,2,3…” on a simplified set of dot-to-dot puzzles designed for younger fingers. If they touch the right dot, the app says the number. If they touch the wrong dot, the dot wriggles to let them know and the correct dot draws attention to itself. Their exploratory play teaches them the correct order and they begin to associate the spoken number with its written form. As they complete each puzzle the app celebrates their success.

Five-year-olds might practice their letter names and alphabetical order. If they touch the correct dot, the letter name is said. If they touch the wrong dot, it wriggles and the correct dot draws attention to itself. DotToDot number whiz complements our award-winning abc PocketPhonics (which teaches letter sounds). Teaching letter names in a different context to letter sounds, follows best educational practice and greatly reduces the risk of children becoming confused between letter sounds and names. We’d recommend that your kids learn their letter sounds first in abc PocketPhonics as these are a key step on the road to learning to read. You can choose though.

For an older child, you might select counting in 9s with more complicated dot-to-dot puzzles and without the app saying the numbers. You can switch the timer on and they can compete against themselves and their siblings as to who can get the best scores up on the leaderboard. Increase the challenge, by making them beat the unlock time to move onto the next puzzle.

Kids either touch the dots individually (great for accuracy) or drag their finger between dots (can be faster, but easier to make mistakes). When they’ve finished the puzzle, a colourful, original picture is revealed.

WHO IS IT FOR?
Children aged between 4 and 9.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Like all apps that best sell themselves, there’s a FREE, lite version to try if you wish.

PARENTZONE
Touch the “parentzone” button on the first screen to see some options just for you, including:

* get help or give feedback
* order our free guide on teaching kids to read

FROM THE MAKERS OF…
abc PocketPhonics – one of the best-selling apps in the US for learning to read and write. Featured in the Wall Street Journal and theWeek.com.

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Categories: Multiplication, Numbers
  1. July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’d love one–I like ABC PocketPhonics, so I imagine this would be a good one, too

  2. July 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    This looks llike an ideal app for a down syndrome child I am working with at the moment who gets so excited with the whole dot to dot thing and seeing a picture come out of nowhere – would be very grateful for a promo code

  3. melissa
    July 10, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I would love a promo code. I just introduced dot to dots with a few of my students and they love them. I assuming they’ll be an even bigger hit on the iPad !!!

  4. July 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hello, I would be interested in this app also. My 6 year old loves dot to dot.

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