Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Smart Apps Staff's Top 10 List of Handwriting Apps

There is something about handwriting apps that gets the staff at Smart Apps for Kids and Smart Apps for Special Needs excited! There are so many handwriting apps available, but some truly stand out above the rest. We recently discussed which apps were our favorites for teaching and helping children practice their handwriting. This discussion lead to the creation of this list. Do you have a favorite app for handwriting? Share in the comments section below.

StartDOT Handwriting recently awarded 5 stars from Heather S.
Developed by an occupational therapist with 20 years of experience working with handwriting for young children and children with special needs. All the depth of a classroom experience, in your own home, with the fun and simplicity of the digital environment. Proven learning methods combined in an app that truly teaches letter and number formation!

$4.99 iPad Only

Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words by L'Escapadoucomes comes highly recommended by many of our staff! Given 5 stars from Heather H

From the creator of award-winning educational apps, Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation. 
The app is fully customizable to suit every child's needs, and lets you check their progress through a system of reports and profiles. You can even add your own word lists!

$2.99 iPad/iPhone

Also available for cursive handwriting - Also given 5 stars from Heather H
$3.99 iPad/iPhone

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase by Handwriting Without Tears & Get Set for School
Make handwriting practice fun! With our Wet-Dry-Try Suite App, children learn and practice correct formation habits for writing capitals, numbers, and lowercase letters. The app simulates our Slate Chalkboard and Blackboard with Double Lines and helps children learn handwriting skills in the easiest, most efficient way. The result truly is handwriting without tears! 

$6.99 iPad Only

LittleWriter by Innovative Mobile Apps
Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over. Little Writer is a tracing app that's done just right. Little Writer is super fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game vs. a boring chore. 


Pro version $1.99         FREE lite version

Touch and Write by Fizzbrain
Kids love learning to write - especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! "Touch and Write" was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning letters by writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more!

$2.99 iPad/iPhone

Also available for cursive handwriting
$2.99 iPad/iPhone

LetterSchool by Sanoma Media Netherlands B.V.
Kids practice essential skills as they play four exciting games per letter/number:

INTRO - discover the letter’s shape, name and sound
TAP - learn where to start, change direction and finish by tapping the dots
TRACE - learn the letter trajectory by tracing it
WRITE - test your knowledge by writing from memory

$2.99 iPad/iPhone

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game) by gdiplus
Help Mr. Crab collect the numbered balls by dragging him with your finger - and drawing the letter at the same time.
Once all the letters in the word are drawn properly, a cute drawing appears.
Slide the letters into the spinning hole and advance to the next level.

$2.99 Full Version           Free Lite Version

My First Letters - The Writing Game by Pocket Scientists
An innovative education app from the developers of the widely acclaimed Rescue Me - the Adventures! Aimed at preschoolers and first graders, My First Letters turns letter tracing from a boring task to a spectacular adventure. While helping the little ladybugs to find their way to their mother, your kid will learn writing without even noticing it.

$2.99 iPad/iPhone


Though the following apps do not focus on writing letters themselves, they can be utilized for pre-letter creation and are really good at getting kids interested in trying to form letters.

Chalk Walk by Mrs. Judd's Games, LLC - awarded 4 stars from Heather H.
CHALK WALK's colorful, fanciful maps offer children a journey through the unique sidewalks of places like Kitty City and Crown Town. Players collect alphabet puzzle pieces and chase prizes as they make their way to Silly Town, where they are encouraged to create their own designs with loops and squiggles that will give their hands—and imaginations—a workout!

$0.99 iPad Only

Draw with Stars ! Play with Musical, Animated and Glowing Shooting Stars ! by L'Escapadou
When touching existing stars, these are turned into shooting stars which fly away in a 3D-like animation and eventually exit the drawing!
Share your drawings via Twitter,Facebook or email (v2.0 update!). You can use the app to create original greeting cards, personalized invitations, tender words, etc.
Draw with Stars ! is also full of sound effects : musical chimes when stars are created, background summer night sounds, "fly away" sounds... 

Free iPad/iPhone

Rachel H has always had poor handwriting skills. People think handwritten notes from her family were written by her 8 year old and not an adult.

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