I can’t tell you how many early learning workbooks we have purchased over the years, but I would trade in most of that library for this app. The premise of the two games is to capture the fruit, in this case squash and chili peppers. Tap on the squash as quickly as you can to squish them. As the levels increase so does the speed, then difficulty continues to increase as you must use a double tap to burst the pumpkins that morph from the butternuts. Chili peppers pop when you pinch them between two fingers. If you burst a yellow pepper it splits into three and there’s more for you to catch. These activities encourage tracking and the very beginning movement for proper pencil grip.
The tracing activity alone would have saved me several workbooks. Unlike the paper books from my stacks, the app can be played again and again. First trace over the pattern, then follow behind with the eraser. Now prepare to be surprised, as the app takes a picture of your accomplished little writer. But don’t expect to see their usual adorable face, the image itself morphs in a carnival fun house fashion. While I waited to pick my daughter up from work I was playing the app and she let out a big belly laugh at my one-eyed cyclops like snapshot.
One insightful comment on the iTunes page points out “you can’t choose which level you enter” That would indeed be a nice addition in future updates. If your child has already passed this stage and you’re looking for more advanced training check out Dexteria. Katherine did a great review of that one last fall. (see review here) For early pre-writing I think Dexteria Jr is a top notch app.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.
**Note – The developers at Dexteria take your comments, and mine, to heart. In the most recent update to Dexteria Jr. you will find that you can now select a play level. Thanks guys!