Notice patterns, tell stories, and discover the world. Add dots of color, words, music, and sounds to photos. Open-ended, creative fun for young learners and grownups.

Picture Dots

Make your photos come alive by layering on interactive dots of color, text, music, and sounds.

Spend quality, playful time together making creations, telling stories, being silly, and having fun. Perfect for children 2 years and up and their grownups to notice and play together. Share your creations as images or a short video.

Explore your everyday – take photos of the people, places, and things you see and do and spark conversations about what you notice in the world around you. Picture Dots is simple, extensible, and open-ended – the only limits are your imagination.

“The app is great! It was engaging for both my daughter and my son who is on the spectrum. The colors and sounds were great for him and being able to change the words made the app meaningful for her. My son was using the dots as people.”  – Mother of a 7 year old girl and 5 year old on the spectrum boy who attended a workshop that integrated Picture Dots.

FREE handbooks for parents and educators

Picture Dots Storybooks Guides provide ideas and inspirations for supporting playful learning of early literacy, mathematics, and science skills. Download for free at: Enjoy A Day with Dad, A Day at the Museum, A Day at the Park, and an Educator Guide.


  • Use the dots to classify, count, label, and notice patterns — core skills for preparing children for science, mathematics, and literacy learning in the early grades.
  • Take something you’ve made and use the dots to tell a story about it or how you made it.
  • Notice patterns made with hands-on manipulatives and extend the pattern with color and sound.
  • Document predictions before testing hypothesis when exploring properties of objects
  • And more! What will you create with Picture Dots?


  • Inspirational Starter Pack of inspirational images, or add your own!
  • Add dots with silly sounds, musical notes, text (read aloud in app), or your own recordings.
  • Record your own voice, or other sounds.
  • Silently counts and keeps a running tally of each color and total dots.
  • Playback your dots for endless creative fun.
  • Save and share your creations via email (after a Parent Gate)
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Picture Dots is the youngest member of the Noticing Tools(™) family of apps from New York Hall of Science. A bilingual English/Spanish tool to support playful early science, math, and literacy learning.


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