Last month I finally broke down and got my first “SMART” device. It is a kindle fire–I have LOVED reading books on it and the kids have LOVED playing games on it. I usually go for the free apps-but every once in a while I find one that is worth paying for-like this 123 Tracing App for kids from Kids Academy Company (available on amazon)! I have a 5 year old in kindergarten, she has been learning to write her numbers, and has been struggling with 5 & 8. This app has been awesome for her to practice writing her numbers!
The very first thing I noticed was while the app is loading there is an option to turn up the volume. This is a very nice feature-because my kids play in a “safe kids place” app that doesn’t allow them access to the app store or general settings without a password. Once in the 123 Tracing App the player is given instructions via voice (so any age can play it–no need to read instructions). The player gets to choose which number they want to start with.
My daughter chose to start with the number 4. To play the game you trace the dotted lines within the number. When you trace over the fireflies it “catches” them and then puts them in your jar. The player traces each number 1-10 at least 2 times to fill the jar. Once the jar is full you win the game and get a medal. What I loved about this app is how it was broken into segments. You can see in the picture below that it darkens the dotted line that is next to be traced. It makes it SO easy to learn the proper way to write the numbers!
With this app, it won’t trace unless you start your finger at the arrow (You can see it at the top of the long line of the #4 in the picture below!)
Once your number is complete the fireflies fly to the jar and the lines disappear and you can see how well you did!
I love that this Kids Place Tracing app (<—-also available on iTunes) won’t allow the player to trace carelessly. It has to be pretty close or it will tell you to try again….as many times at it takes. 🙂 This is GREAT for my 7 year old who is really working on neatness! Once the jar is full you get to release the fireflies. It is fun to watch them form the words, “Thank you”! Then your child earns a medal!
Another great feature is that parents can set up profiles for different kids. These are totally customize-able! You can even add a picture from your device! (My device doesn’t have a camera–so I couldn’t use this feature but thought it was SO COOL!)
You can even track the progress of each individual child! See which numbers they are struggling with and the ones they do well on.
By clicking the “Sounds” tab it allows you to specify your preferences-if you want the sounds and music on or off. They also give you an option for a female voice or a male voice. How thoughtful!
This app is perfect for all 3 of my kids. My 2 year old is learning numbers now and will watch and say what the numbers are when my other kids play. My 5 year old is now writing her 5’s and 8’s at school MUCH better than before! My 7 year old is working on her neatness when it comes to numbers and she is having fun doing it! They all love earning the medals.
This app can be purchased for $2.99 on amazon, iTunes, and Google Play Store. There is also a free version that allows you to trace up to the number 3, but you are unable to “win” the game as you can’t trace all the numbers. For me this app was worth the $2.99. The purchase also helps you earn amazon coins–which you can use to get other “paid for apps” for free! Overall I would give this app 2 thumbs up! So check it out today! Also check out my Top 10 Free Android Apps for Toddlers.
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