TableTots is a very interesting app for adults designed to create endless activities for children to work on that teach a wide array of basics.
Twelve table-top surfaces are offered, each creating a template which makes it easy to create activities around the included things, shapes, letters, colors and numbers provided. Some “quick sets” have already been created, simplifying the adding of elements to the table that one may be looking to include, and some scenes are also set up and ready to go – a nice inclusion for adults new to this application.
To use this application, it is recommended that the table tab first be opened in order to see the template selection and go from there, but I find it easier to explore the options provided, letting the selection items and concepts that one can teach spark my creativity. From there, after I have some idea of the game or exercise I would like to create, I look at the possible table choices in order to decide what template best represents the game activity I am trying to design.
It is nice that for each of these basic sections, quick sets and scenes of pre-fabricated templates and included items are included, aiding in the set up of activities, which also give adults ideas on how to use this interesting teaching tool. This app really becomes creative when the adult begins to mix and match these items together, such as numbers along with coins, base number blocks, or multiple objects.
I like how in this app’s settings, one can choose both letter names as well as phonic sounds, and it is nice that one can change the color of these table tops as well, and a curtain can be added to these tables that can be pulled back and forth – a nice inclusion to create fun memory-style games where children are given a few seconds to look over the screen before the curtain is pulled back, and they are then quizzed about what they can remember.
The look of this app is bright with bold color choices used throughout the letters and numbers, and it is nice that adults have some pleasant moments of color sections to personalize the look of this app. I especially enjoy the look of the coins, as the front and back of each is thoughtfully offered.
Objects is an interesting section that includes 26 familiar items that correspond to the letters of the alphabet, a number section that includes base counting with the use of counting red blocks grouped into 1, 10, 100, and 1000 counts to use within a money-counting exercise, as well as dominos to teach basic counting, using these dominos as visual cues.
Scenes included here are a money-counting exercise where the player drags a coin to the other side of the table as the type of each coin is narrated. Base 10 Counting allows kids to drag different sized blocks of different amounts of one hundred, ten, or one to help visualize these quantities as the amount of blocks is spoken. The Domino Math exercise allows children to fill in the blanks of an addition question with the use of the included dominos, and Things Matchup allows children to match each item with its corresponding letter as well as hearing each object’s name nicely narrated when tapped.
In Shapes, geometric shapes are taught, and I am happy to say that some less common shapes are included, such as quatrefoil, crescent and curvilinear triangle. These shapes can be offered as a series of single colors, or a variety of colors can also be used at once. A shape-sorting puzzle of sorts is included as well as an exercise involving the placement of colors correctly on the color wheel – my favorite mode in the shapes sections.
In the letters section, each letter is represented with both upper and lower choices, including a quick set of these letters, be it just vowels or every letter, with an adult choosing to focus on upper or lower cases. Other scenes also include practicing to spell three and four-letter words as well as matching upper and lower case letters together.
The math section allows adults to add numbers 1-100 to anywhere on the page, as well as other math and related symbols such as “+,” “$,” or “<." Quick sets offered here include counting by 1, then 2’s, 5’s, or 10’s and also include a basic math scene where one drags numbers and functions into a math problem as well as counting from one to twenty as one arranges these numbers in order with a checkerboard-styled template.
The possibilities are endless here, and I am sure this would be a go-to app for many parents, teachers, and therapists who work with kids and need to create personalized activities for children, all neatly found within this app.
My son loves Spinlight Studio’s other apps including AlphaTots and TallyTots and made a beeline for this app, recognizing their iconic airplane logo on our iPad but did not know what to make of this app. Neither did my husband at first glance. This is in no way a flaw with this wonderfully educational application, but it may be worth noting that to get full use from this application, adults will need to spend some time alone exploring what this app has to offer before sharing with the children in their lives.
If one it looking to simply download an app to share immediately with an impatient child by his side, AlphaTots or TallyTots may be better choices for this moment.
I am impressed by what a creative adult mind could come up with to entertain and teach children both with special needs as well as those typically developed. I like how narration is included saying the name, number, or letter of the item being tapped, and it is great how a “quick reward” button can be included because a tap here will send an airplane and flag image across the screen, reminiscent of their other educational apps.
I do, However, find it difficult to re-create the whimsy of the other apps in this series. I like how there is a satisfying click sound when a domino is moved, but I miss the “click” and “grab” sounds and reactions found among our favorite puzzle apps, something not included with the shape-sorting game as here, these pieces are not easy to line up into the included template as simple finger movements push the objects around just enough that accuracy within these puzzles becomes an issue.
This app will prove to be an invaluable teaching resource to both parents, teachers and other adults. I can see this app becoming popular among home-schooling families in particular and a huge hit with kids, especially those without tremendous experience with other applications. I do think that kids exposed to highly interactive and thematic apps may be less impressed by the game play found among the activities created here by their adults compared to other favorite apps, but what can be produced here will ultimately be more engaging that the worksheets this app could replace. This app did take some time to get into. Nevertheless, a tremendous educational potential is included here. Do take the time to explore this app and see what is being offered. Those who do so will not be disappointed.
Developer: Spinlight Studio
Released: 2011-10-18 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperSorting, counting, spelling — even basic math — we’ve put it all on the table in the creation of our latest Tot education app. And now, we’re handing the table to you, giving you the power to create your own custom lessons with the full catalog of sights and sounds from the popular Tot education series.
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"I truly am in awe of this app and it's versatility. There's no doubt that TableTots is going to be an invaluable educational resource. It's an app that makes me wish every teacher had access to an iPad. The things Kindergarten teachers could do with this resource!" - The iPhone Mom
"This app is a must-have for any parent with a child learning basic skills like counting, sorting, shapes and letters." - PadGadget
"Extremely easy to use and quite ingenious." - Kids Apps Mobi
"Absolutely perfect for development and learning ... Table Tots could become a preschool teachers best friend, and it is without a doubt a must have for any parent with a young child." - iApps For Teachers
"This is the most versatile app I have seen and demoed for the classroom HANDS-DOWN! Teachers can actually USE this for TEACHING! ... This is a perfect teaching tool! ... Fantastic! Just fantastic." - Recess Technology Educational Consulting
Teach quantities with colorful base-10 counting blocks. Create simple math equations for them to solve. Or see their eyes light up when they build their very own words and hear the sound of every letter. The possibilities are literally endless in this powerful teaching tool that combines the two things kids love the most — playing on the iPad and spending time with you.
Warning: While it’s made for little learners, TableTots requires a grown-up to build and teach each lesson. For great learning games they can explore on their own, try AlphaTots and TallyTots. TableTots is a one-on-one tool.
• 12 unique table layouts built for sorting, counting, matching and more.
• 6 colorful theme combinations.
• 11 “Quick” scenes that instantly set the table to teach:
- Basic math
- Counting from one to twenty
- Building three-letter words
- Building four-letter words
- Matching upper- and lower case letters
- Shape recognition
- Primary and secondary colors
- Coin counting
- Base-10 counting
- Domino math
- And noun matchup with an object for every letter
• All the tools to create your own lessons, including:
- Individual numbers from 0 to 100.
- All 26 letters in both lower and upper case.
- 26 common "things" to represent letters from A to Z.
- A decimal point and all of the operators they need to add, subtract, multiply, divide and understand concepts such as less than and more than.
-Dollar and cent symbols for teaching financial lessons.
- 16 common shapes, each available in your choice of 8 colors.
- Basic American coins from the penny to the quarter
- All 28 dominoes for counting practice
- Base-10 blocks representing 1, 10, 100 and 1000
• Over 20 Speed Sets that allow you to quickly place multiple letters, numbers and objects on the table.
• Nearly 200 unique sounds, including every letter (by name and sound), all the numbers from 0 to 100, and an object for every letter in the alphabet.
• Many fun extra features, including a randomized Quick Rewards animation to encourage young learners and a peek-a-boo curtain that makes playtime fun while keeping active learners focused.