Alphabet Tracing

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Early literacy game is simple but lacks feedback feature.

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It should be easy enough for kids to trace the letters with their fingers, although there are no constraints built into the software to keep kids focused.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alphabet Tracing gives kids dotted outlines of upper and lower case letters (plus numbers, too) and shows them the correct stroke order with a little animated train that rides along the letter shape. These are, of course, the agreed upon "correct" stroke orders for writing letters that most children learn in school; they aren't necessarily the way you may make your letters. The app also shows (and speaks) words for each letter and shows groupings of objects for each number. Parents should be aware that there's nothing in the app itself that will tell your child if he or she has traced the letters correctly.

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Is it any good?

The most surprising aspect of ALPHABET TRACING is the lack of judgment. Kids trace a letter and move on to the next one without having any kind of animated mentor telling them they did a good job or not. Some parents might like that, others won't. Also, there are no constraints on where the child can draw on the screen, so while some kids will probably trace the letters exactly as they're supposed to, others will undoubtedly scribble their own artwork all over the page -- just like if it were a piece of paper. This feels like a flaw because it takes away from the tool's purpose, but it might provide the flexibility some kids need to stay engaged. If you're looking for an app that will allow your kids to practice writing their letters and numbers, this one is colorful and fun. It's just not fantastic.

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