Touch and Write
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Touch and Write is a letter-, number-, and word-tracing app that includes 16 fun "writing textures" -- ketchup, shaving cream, syrup, and more -- as well as 28 writing-paper styles for backgrounds. Kids can trace uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers and six word lists with high-frequency sight words, using texture and paper combinations such as red paint on zebra stripes or chalk on a chalkboard. Parents can create tracing word lists, too.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Choosing from 16 fun, quirky writing textures and 28 writing-paper backgrounds makes Touch and Write lots of fun, and the monster-and-cupcake guides and rewards continue the interesting design throughout the tracing experience.
Kids get useful letter-, number-, and word-tracing or individualized writing practice via custom word lists. The guides won't let kids trace too far outside the lines, as they respond to errors by deleting the tracing back to the last correct step.
Touch and Write provides no data on letters, numbers, or words completed, time spent on the app, or common errors. There's a tutorial in the "info" section alongside promos for the developer's other apps.
What's it about?
Choose one of TOUCH AND WRITE's four main categories, or select a premade word list (or create your own) and tap Write. Select a texture and paper style, then begin to trace the letter. Follow the little green monster and cupcakes to begin tracing. If a kid veers off course, she'll hear a noise and the app will move the monster back to its original location. When kids finish tracing a letter, the app shows the completed letter above the textured version, says its name, and, if writing a word, pronounces the word. Then a cute, interactive reward screen appears. To increase the challenge, parents can tap the "P" option that changes letter pronunciations from names to sounds.
Is it any good?
For reluctant tracers, the zany combinations of tracing syrup on waffles, pink frosting on zebra stripes, or chalk on a roadway filled with cars may make writing practice attractive. The four main categories -- uppercase and lowercase letters, names of animals in lowercase, names of animals in uppercase, and numbers -- provide a starting point, and after that users can add personalized word lists.
The monster-and-cupcakes guide can be helpful for kids to learn where to begin a letter and how to continue along the proper tracing path, and they can be omitted once a kid learns the formation for more challenging tracing practice. Certainly, the same sensorial effect as using shaving cream or sand in real life isn't achieved on this app, and the visuals can get very busy depending on the combination of writing texture and paper style kids choose. That's not a big drawback, though, because a non-texture version of the letter or word appears at the top of the screen for each one. Overall, Touch and Write offers visually unique tracing practice, especially for kids who need extra motivation.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about fun ways to trace letters. Get some ideas from this app for real-life writing textures and write letters in ketchup, sand, and chalk.
For kids who aren't interested in tracing, create lists on Touch and Write from high-interest words, such as your kid's name and the names of other people and pets in your family.