Domi Domi Blocks by Yellow Dot will keep preschoolers happily busy for hours while also laying foundations for visual motor integration, auditory memory and sequencing, and executive functioning skills needed for self-regulation and attention. Every preschooler I played this with could not get enough, and the skills learned within the game are easily transferable to classroom manipulatives. This in itself is what makes Domi Domi Blocks rock by cutting through the initial time and effort it takes for kids to organize, manage, and handle the materials. By introducing design copy in an organized sequential manner on the iPad and pairing it with sound…is just simply genius! This helps by building other avenues of awareness and input for tasks, and this later translates to staying open in order to listen for direction before acting. By the time you introduce games such as building specific objects with blocks, Legos, or Tangrams, kids will already know what to do and act accordingly. A lot of times we assume kids know what to do with toys, and really they don’t because there is no prior reference point. We need to teach these fundamental play skills and help give kids the courage to explore. Want to take a closer look at this adorable app?
On opening, the eight endearing puff ball babies are hanging out in the clouds, waiting to play. There are five different scenes to interact with them and eight games within each scene. Once you’ve selected your chubby ball of cherub, a design will come up for you to copy (a 9 to 36 piece grid block). See how the design goes from a left to right orientation for you to copy? So smart in training kids to learn to read from left to right as well as learn to transfer gaze from one point to another. The model is on the left and the one on the right is where you place the colors of the fluffy guys to copy it. If you should get stuck, there are auditory cues to each color to help out with a chronological scale. And by gosh, if you get it right, REWARD time! A wonderfully crafted picture to add to the cloud is yours for the bragging rights. The hardest design copy is a 6 x 6 grid.
I just love, love love, how the app teaches about learning to wait and control the impulse to just tap anything by having you look at the design before punching a color. You really have to also begin to formulate early working memory skills to transfer what you see on one block design to creating your own. There are also rules and boundaries to how things are laid out, i.e. replicating the design in a left to right and top to bottom manner. With a game like this, these rules are a simple lesson…and kids do get it. And once that is established….the possibilities are endless!
- Integration of visual, auditory, and motor abilities which translates to both spatial orientation and listening skills
- Introduction to design copy
- Facilitates reading and writing skills by using a left right orientation
- Improves working memory, impulse control, and an organized approach to task completion
- 40 levels to explore and play
- Transferable to classroom manipulatives for early reading, writing and spatial skills
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.