iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

Common Sense Media says

Learn tracing with a cute crab and hand-drawn reward pics.

Age(i)

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a quick tutorial, but the text is not read aloud so parents may have to guide kids along. Some of the menu options and icons are small, and they aren't part of the tutorial. To access the settings, parents must leave the app and find them in the iPad's main Settings menu. Once kids understand that the object is to pull Mr. Crab through numbers in the right order, gameplay becomes easy. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personally identifiable information is required to play. There's no privacy policy available on the app or the developer's website.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iWriteWords teaches kids how to write the letters of the alphabet, numbers up to 20, and simple words. If kids diverge from the tracing lines, the app requires them to start over. After tracing each item, kids flick or tilt the letters or numbers into a spinning vortex in a corner of the screen. Since the process of teaching kids to write uses a follow-the-numbered-dots approach, it helps if kids already know how to count and read numbers up to 10. There's also an ABC song that kids can play for a sing-along.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • writing

Math

  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Each time kids complete a word, they see a cute drawing and can tumble the letters into a hungry vortex where they disappear. However, the tasks don't increase in terms of challenge and may get repetitive over time.

Learning Approach

Kids can use the Play button to reflect and make changes. If they can't count yet, younger kids might get confused by the numbered dots as well as by letters that appear out of order when they drop to the bottom of the screen.

Support

There's a brief written tutorial in the app. Each time a player completes a word, you can hear the sound of children cheering. Settings can only be accessed from outside the app, under the iPad's Settings icon.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • writing

Math

  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn to write numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and basic words like cup and owl. The picture that appears once kids trace each letter of a word may help kids improve word recognition. The letter, number, or word is labeled and spoken, and kids' tracings can be replayed for them to watch. Although it isn't perfect, iWrite Words can make for fun, cute letter- and number-tracing practice.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In IWRITEWORDS, kids drag Mr. Crab to trace letters and numbers, following the numbered dots. Kids can choose to work on only numbers, uppercase or lowercase letters, or short words. After tracing each item, kids have to flick or tilt the letters into a corner of the screen, where they fall into a vortex, adding a bit of fun. If kids go outside the tracing area, Mr. Crab will make kids start over again, ensuring that they trace correctly. When they've successfully completed the tracing, kids can see a replay of their writing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dragging Mr. Crab across letters or numbers through iWrite Words' numbered dots can be an engaging way to learn the correct sequence. However, the shaking visuals and squeaky sounds that happen when you trace off-track might be discouraging for some kids. Each time kids complete a word, a cute drawing appears, and kids can choose to watch a replay of their tracing. Sweeping the letters into the spinning vortex can be fun, too, although this could be confusing as the letters can become transposed in the process.

Parents and kids can choose specific letters, numbers, and words to include, and they can change the size of the tracings with a simple swipe. Other customization options are hidden in the iPad's main settings page, not the app. Overall, some kids will find the app fun, but they might feel more accomplishment if the tasks got progressively more challenging.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage your kids to add writing to their drawings. Help them label what they draw by spelling out the words for them if needed.

  • Watch your kids practice with the app to see what letters or numbers they have trouble with; help your kids practice the tricky ones using crayons or chalk.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 29, 2013
Category:Educational Games
Size:96.40 MB
Publisher:gdiplus
Version:3.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written byn-mom September 9, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

Definitely recommend

This is a fantastic app. It allows you to practice writing/learning letters, numbers and small words. My 3 yr old is learning and having fun at the same time.
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Educator and Parent of an infant, 3, 5, and 7 year old Written bylspady February 15, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Great app!

Great app!
Educator and Parent Written byrpaditya May 20, 2011
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3
QUALITY
 

good practice for writing and recognizing letters

my almost 4 year old figured this virtual chalk board (or slate) really quickly, and it not only engages him hands-on but is fun to practice...
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