Alphabet Tracer teaches children their letters, both the names and stroke formations. It includes pronunciations in both American and British English. Those pronunciations are done in an adult female, adult male, girl, boy or cat voice – you choose! Alphabet Tracer also includes the signs for the letters in British and American Sign Language. Each sign appears at the corner of the screen.

The app is easy to use. Trace a letter and then use an arrow at the bottom of the screen to move forward or backward in the alphabet to the next letter. You’ll hear the pronunciation each time you switch letters. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from for tracing and you can easily switch between the British and English versions with a tap of a button at the top of the screen. Alphabet Tracer doesn’t require children to keep their strokes within the letter outline. They are allowed to write the letter however they like. This means there’s no correction or guidance on whether they are doing it right or wrong. Something in the app caused the screen to flicker every time I put my finger down to trace a letter. It didn’t prevent the app from working but I found it distracting. Hopefully that will be addressed in an update.

I think it is refreshing that Alphabet Tracer included sign language, that’s a nice touch. Personally, I would like to see more feedback and interaction for children about their letter strokes in the app. I almost forgot to mention two key features. You can switch between upper and lowercase letters and work your way through the letters alphabetically or try them in a random order.

Price when Reviewed: $1.99

See the app in iTunes

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Seller: Trevor D’arcy-Evans

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.


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  1. Zipamoh

    My two and half year old LOVES both the numbers and the lteetrs apps. I’m amazed at how easily he has picked up the idea of letter sounds as well as names. (I’m now going to hijack your site to leave some comments for the developers cause I see they are here )The only feature that doesn’t work so well (for us at least) is the ability to record yourself speaking the letter names. My little magpie likes to pound the record button over and over again which makes it difficult to actually make a recording. Maybe the record and stop buttons could be more modal? I’m thinking that once the record button is pressed the app would record continuously until the stop button is pressed, rather than resetting the recording each time the record button is hit.I’m very excited to hear that there’s more apps coming from y’all!

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