Parents' Guide to

Write My Name

By Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Customizable handwriting tool; not the best method.

App iPad Paid Education
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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Great Tracing App

This is the only app I can find that can be customized to have kids practice writing their name, uppercase or lowercase, first, first and last name, and/or names of family and friends. I LOVE this app. It only lets the child go in the correct sequence and gives them feedback if they don't stay on the line but is not overly picky. Many tracing apps expect adult accuracy but are geared toward preschoolers. This one is just right. The child traces their name with their picture and their voice that you record. Kids love this. Occupational Therapists love this. When kids are learning to write their name by tracing on paper, they tend to randomly cover the lines, not develop a set sequence for each letter. I use this in a special education preschool for kids with Autism ages 3-5. The 3 year olds need help but quickly learn. I also use this with older kids to practice the sequencing before we practice copying their name on paper. This is a great tool for parents, teachers, and OTs.

Is It Any Good?

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Its title is misleading, as Write My Name goes beyond name recognition, and kids write individual letters and words. The graphics are simple yet engaging, the preloaded sight words keep writers engaged, and the personalization of adding their own words may entice kids to use this more than other handwriting apps. For kids with fine motor delays, however, this app may not reinforce fluid writing skills as letters can be stopped and started mid-stroke. The Fingerpaint Mode also can produce some messy, incorrect results.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, spelling, writing
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, goal-setting, work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: November 19, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Publisher: NCSOFT
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: June 16, 2021

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