iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Learn tracing with a cute crab and hand-drawn reward pics.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

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.

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. 

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycheflady123 April 17, 2013

Aligns with handwriting instruction research

The research on handwriting instruction says to have a starting point and arrows to help guide letter formation (Graham) and this app follows this premise in a... Continue reading
Adult Written byLuvbeingamum August 9, 2011

Fantastic app!

My daughter loves to use this app! I noticed improvement in her writing after the first time she used it!
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios September 18, 2010

this is pefect for small children

iwritewords. that app rocks dude

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love preschool and spelling

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