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Pop-up master and best-selling children’s author, David A. Carter, adapts his creative genius to this award-winning app. This eye-popping, interactive app invites toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors as they “spot the dot” in fun, engaging and highly varied interactive play spaces. Tap the screen and simple shapes move to create patterns in bright, clean hues that will captivate as well as educate children.

Features include:

• The first app by David A. Carter, whose hugely popular “Bugs in a Box” series has sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, brilliantly translates his complex paper sculptures for the touch screen.
• Bright, bold graphics teach young children colors and shapes.
• This “I Spy” type of search-and-find game engages children as they hunt for the missing dot.
• The dots’ locations are randomized ensuring that each play produces a different experience.
• Each level gets progressively more challenging and complex.
• Each level introduces a new activity: in one, players use a finger to move a spotlight around a dark screen until they find the correct dot; in another, shapes “pop” and are transformed into different shapes.
• Optional teaching tips provide parents with ideas for how to extend the lessons to include counting or shapes.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

"Spot the Dot is the type of app I can see becoming a part of the breadth of a child’s play experience, an experience that includes play dough, cut-and-paste, hide and seek and in the 21st century some interactive screen time as well." - Wired - GeekDad

“Great for huddle ware, and for supporting math, language and logic; invites toddlers and preschoolers to learn colors as they play 'spot to dot.'” - Children’s Technology Review

"I encourage parents of young toddlers to add Spot the Dot iPad app to their child’s collection!" - Apps for iPads

"The app’s bold palette and intuitive play will appeal to youngsters who are learning colors and shapes while the hide-and-seek puzzles are intriguing enough to engage older children." - School Library Journal

"Spot the Dot is a perfectly executed and very visually appealing app that teaches toddlers colors and fine motor skills." - Best Kid Apps

"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." - Common Sense Media

"Most appropriate for toddlers learning colors and shapes. The exquisite designs will catch the eye and interest of older kids, as well as the parents, and keep all entertained." - Teachers with Apps

Accolades include:

•Editor’s Choice, CHILDREN’S TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - 4.8/5 stars
•School Library Journal Top 10 Apps for 2011
•Parents' Choice Silver Award
•Mom's Choice Awards' Gold Award
•2011 Cybils Award Nominee

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What’s New

Version 1.1

--Updated for iPad 3
--Updated for iOS7
--App now complements print book from Scholastic

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

judyboyles ,

Post the dot

Please bring this app back, my daughter with autism loved this

amorenew ,

Educational and calming

I am a speech therapist and also a mom of a kiddo with sensory processing disorder. Let me comment on how well it works with my little boy.
The first time he played he was so intrigued he repeated the book 4 times. The narration and sounds are very soothing and the visuals are very captivating. He is drawn to this app (probably a combo of the sounds and visuals!) He knows his colors but he still loves to spot the dots in the different scenes (he loves the one that looks like a flash light). I think this app is great for the sensory kiddos out there to calm and sooth them (take it on car rides or while in waiting rooms).
I have also used this app in speech therapy with language delayed kiddos and kiddos with sound errors (especially my little ones that have final consonant deletion....the phrase "spot the dot" has great targets for "end sounds") This app really encourages great language like "where is it?" "I see the red dot" "Its hiding!" This app has really encouraged verbalizations/reactions. ( I got alot of smiles and "oooooo" "ahhhhhhs"). I also used it with some kiddos with Autism and I think it had the same affect on them as it did on my son with SPD. Overall a beautiful app that is great for a variety of kiddos. Let me say I will use this app with my little nephew (almost 2) to learn his colors as well :) Thanks Ruckus for a wonderful and useful app! I will be adding you to my app list for SLPs.

murphyww ,

Educational, Colorful and Addicting App for Preschoolers

As the mother of two preschoolers who thoroughly enjoy the other Ruckus Media Group Apps and David Carter's books I was excited to give this app a try. I downloaded it and handed the iPad off to my 5 year old without any instruction. Because it is narrated he was able to complete all the levels without any input from me. He knows his shapes and colors, but he enjoyed the challenge of trying to find the dot especially on the more challenging levels and it was nice for me to be able to give him an app that forced him to listen to the instructions then apply it to the task. Though it would be great to see even more challenging levels in the future. It is the perfect app for my 3 year old. She needs an adult or her brother at her side to complete some of harder levels, but after some initial guidance from me she was able to solve the easier levels on her own. It is great for reinforcing her colors and ability to follow instructions. The variety of shapes and colors make this a great learning tool for me and my kids think it is a lot of fun so I can definitely see us playing this frequently.


Ruckus Media Group
29.5 MB

Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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