Dexteria Jr. – Fine Motor Skill Development for Toddlers & Preschoolers, by Binary Labs, is a FAB fine motor app for the younger crowd. TWA reviewed the original Dexteria back in the fall of 2011. Dexteria Jr. makes its debut as the NEW app on the block. This app was developed as a result of the team from Binary Labs listening to the feedback from fans of the original game. They had gotten comments from therapists, teachers, and parents that some of the activities were too difficult for their children. This fan base requested some very basic activities but don’t let that fool you, this app has some very cool features using the iPad’s camera that will keep the kids not only engaged but literally entranced. Kids play with fresh vegetable characters, bouncy animations, optional music and sound effects which all add up to time well spent for tots.
Dexteria Jr.’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.
The app has three different games to promote different fine motor skills. The first is Squish the Squash, a simple and very basic activity for beginning visual perception and motor control. It starts with Squish the Squash using your index finger. As the levels get harder, the squash move and there are many more of them that need to be squashed. The second game is Trace & Erase. First, you trace paths and then you erase them. Here’s where the camera comes into play. As you, reflection is revealed. The different photo effects make the kids LOVE this. The kids we worked with couldn’t trace and erase fast enough to see themselves! The third game is Pinch the Pepper. This pinching exercise involves your thumb and index finger. You have to pinch them together to make the peppers disappear via the much-needed pincher grasp. All these games help children to develop their fine motor skills with ease
The automatic tracking and reporting feature makes it easy for parents, teachers and occupational therapists to identify time on task and progress. You can email the progress reports right from the app itself.
• Increases coordination and motor control in the hands and fingers
• Easy to use
• Great way to get kids ready for kindergarten
• Fun graphics, music, and sound effects
• “Quiet time” mode turns off music and/or sound effects
• Automatically creates performance and usage reports that can be emailed
• Designed in consultation with Occupational Therapists
• Less expensive and more reusable than workbooks
Don’t miss Binary Labs, they offer a fine family of occupational therapy apps and now we have one for the youngest population. Early intervention is always the best practice!