Do you use apps for kids handwriting or other fine motor skill practice? I don’t know if you ever noticed, I have not reviewed any hand writing apps. There are quite a few out there, but I felt tracing with one finger on the screen is completely different from holding a pen writing on paper. I don’t see tracing with finger require many finger muscles at all. Call me old fashioned, I still want my child to be able to write well with a pen.
I explored stylus, but most I saw in the market are short and thin, which are really hard for the little hands to grab and hold on to. I decided not to review any hand writing apps till I find a good stylus kids can use for the screen. Now I find one. A while ago, Kidori introduced their stylus, and I fell in love on first sight. It is shaped like a crayon, short but thicker than regular stylus – easy for the little ones to hold. The move on the screen is very smooth too. Once we had it, it instantly became my son’s “finger” on iPAD.
Together with the stylus, Kidori also launched a set of learning apps with a focus on hand writing and fine motor skills. They call them workbooks. Current workbooks have Mazes, Colors, Letters, Numbers, Tracing. Each topic has 3 workbooks: easy, intermediate and advanced. In the picture below, you can see the difference between levels on Mazes. The Banana is from Easy, the Orange is from Intermediate, and the Airplane is from Advanced. Each workbook has 25 worksheets. These apps are really just workbooks, with no interactivities, no sound. They are just like a printable worksheet, but you don’t need print out on paper, and you can do all the practice on iPAD. Once you finish one sheet, clear your writing or drawing, and you can use it again, and again.
I am glad I found Kidori. If you are interested in trying one, we will have a giveaway posted midnight tonight. It will be the Mom’s Library weekly giveaway. If you want to buy the stylus, you can find Kidori Children Stylus Pen on Amazon for $14.
All Kidori apps are held in one app called Kidori Stylus FREE. It is available for iPAD. It is free to download, you get 2 workbooks for free, and then you can buy more workbooks via In-App Purchase. Each workbook ranges from $0.99 to $1.99.
If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.