App for That: teaching kids to write

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, @mfares asks:

Hey llofte, do you know of any good apps for kids who just started to learn how to write ? I need it for my nephew. Thanks.

To see what we found, follow along after the break!

iWriteWords [$2.99 - iTunes link] is a game that simultaneously teaches your child how to write. The objective is to help Mr. Crab collect numbers in a sequence - which just so happen to be in the shape of letters. When all the letters in the given word are drawn correctly, a cute drawing appears.

iWriteWords is a universal application for iPhone and iPad, so your nephew can practice his writing on multiple devices.

Bonus: Writing with your finger is not the same as writing with an appropriate instrument, so to enhance the learning experience, check out the Ten One Design Pogo Sketch!

Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for @mfares? Let him -- and all of us -- know in the comments.

Having trouble finding what you need in the app store? Send us an email to and let us know what you're looking for, and we'll do our best to find you just the right App for That!

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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App for That: teaching kids to write


I have a 6 and 4 year old and I have one big tip.
Load one iDevice with educational apps and let them have that whenever they want. If its an iDevice they also play games on they won't like learning apps as they'll just want to play plants vs. zombies etc.

I don't think this is going to help.. its best for the kid to use to a pen and paper to learn how to write. using a finger on a touch screen is not going to help the kid develop writing.

What you say is very true... but imagine combining the traditional way with modern technology... i mean, app developers are just trying to come up with ways to make learning fun... sometimes we should also look at the brighter side of things and give it a chance... i wish all of this were available when i was growing up...

Sohail, this app is a huge help to kids who cannot hold a pen or pencil properly. My son has low muscle tone and motor delays and really struggles with holding a pencil the right way. This app helps him learn how letters and numbers are formed, even though he can't really write them yet.

My daughter has had an iOS device since she was 2 or 3. She's almost 5 now and i've probably spent way more on her apps than mine.
Iwritewords is probably one of the better writing ones because they have to write it correctly, even if its with a finger. This one has them write their answers and recognizes what they write. One of her favorites.
She also likes the Word Bingo and Math Bingo games.

Our six year old Autistic son uses this app on his ipad, which also doubles as his assistive speaking device (he's nonverbal). He has been in an all day, year long program since he was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago. His teachers and therapists have all been great & worked with him hand over hand with every size & shape of writing impliment, but with only marginal results over those 3+ years.
After 2 months of using this app on a daily basis, he does all his writing worksheets (most tracing dotted lines, but with a pencil.) He now chooses to use crayons & sidewalk chalk & is even able to write his own name. iWriteWords is not the sole reason for his progress, but it literally allowed him to personally connect (with his finger tip, though we make him use a stylus for apps too) to writing.
The ipad has done that for him (and his typically functioning sister) with all his work and therapies. The moment Apple fine tunes their parental controls (ie. looking folders, looking individual apps, instant wireless activity logs pushed to my iphone or mobile me, etc. I have a long list.) I'll be their most vocal proponent of the ipad's educational uses.

Can't believe no one's mentioned Alphabet Tracing!! My daughter (aged 3) uses that and loves it.
I thinks it's excellent... especially as it's free!