December 15, 2011
We found a great little app today that got my 3-year-old writing with his fingers and loving it: IWriteWords:
It’s a $2.99 app that has a little crab your youngster can touch with his finger and drag over numbered dots to write each step in uppercase/lowercase letters, short words, and numbers. It quickly teaches them the correct strokes needed to make the letters and has a cute childish drawing that pops up depicting the short words like ‘cat’ and ‘cup’ after correctly writing them.
My little guy wasn’t too interested in the letters by themselves, probably because they have no real meaning. However, he loved writing words! He looked so empowered and excited that he was actually writing words. Then he started on the numbers, which he has recently gotten excited about through his newest game: ThinkFun Zingo 1-2-3. He sat there, entranced, and wrote all the numbers up to 20 without a break.
Our favorite features:
- Price: IWriteWords Lite is free to try (only abc, 1-3, and 3 words are included). Full version is $2.99
- Both lower- and uppercase are offered and correct writing stroke orders are taught intuitively.
- Replay feature, so when I finally get my IPod back, I can tap through all the words and numbers he’s been writing and see a replay of his actual strokes. Cool to see him improve!
- Included playable version of the ABC song he can tap his way through.
- My child loves it and is excited about writing – that’s priceless . . . I wonder if it would get my 8-year-old excited about writing.
I wish they would make more apps with this kind of educational quality! Enjoy.
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