Parents' Guide to

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)

By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

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

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 3+

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 fun way! I also like that kids can "replay" the letters they drew and they show up on a dotted line.
age 3+

Fantastic app!

My daughter loves to use this app! I noticed improvement in her writing after the first time she used it!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

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