Handwriting. It’s one of those subjects that is often not so fun for kids. It can be accompanied by pages and pages of workbooks. These types of handwriting exercises can make our kids want to throw in the towel. (And if we’re honest, we might, too!)
But we simply can’t ignore handwriting. It’s one of the important foundations for writing. If kids struggle with handwriting, it can become a distraction from writing the message.
That’s what makes the Trace It! Try It! app so exciting. Based on This Reading Mama’s free Trace it! Try it! pages for letters and numbers, this app gives kids lots of practice with handwriting using activities that are fun and engaging.
With this app, kids will learn the stroke patterns for uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers 0-20 and basic CVC words. A free play practice section is included as well as mini-games, which add to the fun and learning.
1. LEARN SECTION
Uppercase and Lowercase Letters- Letters are grouped by similar stroke patterns and presented in a way that’s developmentally appropriate for young writers. Users trace each letter twice with guidance, then try it on their own. Once three letters have been completed, kids can play a fun mini-game with stickers and painting that relate to the letters that were just practiced.
Numbers 0-20- Numbers are presented in order. Users trace each number twice with guidance, then try it on their own. After three numbers have been practiced, a fun memory match game is played which corresponds to the numbers that were just completed.
CVC Words- Users spell different short vowel words by tracing each letter of the word. A colorful, CVC picture is displayed, while letter tiles help learners to see the spelling of the entire word.
2. PRACTICE SECTION
Similar to the Montessori salt tray, the practice section has an uppercase or lowercase letter displayed. The child chooses the letter, watches the strokes of the letter, and tries it on their own in the "sand". This is a safe and fun place to practice what they have learned about handwriting.
3. PLAY SECTION
Kids may “play” with the stickers they have earned from the Learn Section or play an Alphabet Memory Match Game.
Find This Reading Mama’s FREE Trace It! Try It! Pages
Trace It! Try It! Letter Pages:
Trace It! Try It! Number Pages:
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
The app is great for practicing writing numerals, but I have a couple suggestions. The numbers 4 and 9 are the “fancy version” of what we teach at our K/1 level. It would be great if there was somehow a way to choose what the numeral looks like so there is consistency with what they are taught in the classroom. Also, I think the memory game can be a little tricky for Kindergarteners with needing to match 3... maybe a simplified option, and/or one that includes all numerals 0-10 (but with just a pair needing to be matched)? Also, we typically group numbers 0-10, so having the group stop at 10 rather than continue to 11 and 12 with 10 would be great! Would love to see these changes - I know I would encourage other teachers at my school to make the purchase if they were implemented!
Student poked at app too hard and fast. Picture froze and won't return to home. Even turned iPad off for an hour. Need help!!!
Nice idea but flawed
This is a nice idea but it is lacking some things.
- the tracing is good but needs to be too precise. My preschooler gets frustrated.
- it would be nice if while tracing the letters, the app would make the sound of the letter as well as repeating the letters name. I think the name of the letter is said once. My preschooler is learning how to properly form the letter but not the name/sound of the letter.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.