As Nicholas moves further and further past the toddler stage and into that of a full on preschooler, I’ve been trying to consciously add more of the “preschool basics” into our day.
I believe we finally have the colors down (since he no longer refers to every color as green 🙂 ) and we’ve been moving onto letters and numbers. I mean, it’s never too early right?
As I’ve mentioned before, we occasionally use the iPad as a learning tool, such as with our favorite speech apps and, in this case, used it to review the ABC Tracing app from the Kids Academy Company.
Kids Academy Company specializes specifically in early childhood educational apps for children ages 2-6 that are available on all major mobile markets. Their apps have been downloaded over 3,500,000 times and after getting the chance to check out their ABC Tracing app, I can see why.
If you’re looking for an app that covers pretty much everything pertaining to letters and numbers, this is it. The entire app is made of fun yet educational games, puzzles, and pictures that will not only teach your child, but will engage them as well.
One of the things I liked most about this particular app is that instead of just seeing the letter and pictures of things that start with it, the ABC Tracing app actually has your child make them as well.
On one screen, your child gets to see and hear the letter (and I was ecstatic to find out that they show both upper and lower case letters) but they see a collection of pictures all starting with that letter, helping them to place objects with the sound.
From there, they take it a step further and actually trace the letter with their finger, before writing it themselves without the guidelines.
Although Nicholas isn’t quite ready to write on his own just yet, he actually did really well tracing these! To be honest, I wasn’t sure how he would do since his fine motor skills are still slightly delayed but he really seemed to enjoy it and that definitely helped!
In fact, this has quickly become one of his go to apps when he gets to have a little free time on the iPad 🙂
Have you downloaded any new kids apps lately? Do your children enjoy them?