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$2.99 at time of review

Dexteria Jr. - Fine Motor Skill Development for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Age Level: Ages 0–5
By Developer: BinaryLabs, Inc.

Dexteria Jr. has a lot of nice accolades and awards. It's general purpose is to help develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness through a series of hand and finger exercises. There are 3 games in the app which were created to address these.

Squish the Squash: In this game the player is presented with a specific amount of squash to tap, out of a choice of 1-15, allowing for the correct level of learning. In the beginning the squash is stationary. Once tapped it is removed from the screen. As the game progresses, higher levels reveal more items to squash, as well as up to three taps needed to eliminate them from the screen. In addition the squashes are now in motion, adding a new element to the game.

Trace Erase: This game allows for up to 29 different screens. Starting out simple with three parallel lines and three lines perpendicular, going up in levels with curves and other more complex motions. Once the lines are correctly created, the player then erases them with the provided tool.

Pinch the Pepper: With this game the player is required to pinch a chili pepper in order for it to be eliminated from the screen. Similar to Squish the Squash, there are 1-10 levels that increase in difficulty, including added motion. In this game however, some of the chili peppers turn yellow for short periods of time.

Each game is surrounded by upbeat music and verbal instruction. These can easily be turned off on the home screen with a simple tap to the supplied icons.

Dexteria Jr. is a perfect app not only for toddlers to preschoolers, but those with special needs, such as autism. I suggest it be used on an iPad type device. Needed for multiple users? Download the in-app purchase of $3.99.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • Easy to use
  • Increases coordination and motor control in the hands and fingers
  • 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 coordination with Occupational Therapists
  • Less expensive and more reusable than workbooks
  • Multi-user reporting available via in-app purchase (iPad version only)

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