iTrace – Handwriting Practice for Kids [iPad]

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iTrace App Review for iPad and Enter the iPad Mini Giveaway…

When I began teaching my daughter how to write, we went through pages and pages of those practice writing sheets. At a later point, I found a font with dashed letters and printed little booklets with her name and the alphabet in upper and lower case letters. These days, with kids using smartphones tablets as if they had them at birth, using a handwriting app just makes more sense. iTrace is a brand new app that was just released today for use on the iPad.

iTrace iPad App

The best part about the iTrace app is that kids will actually WANT to use it. If they write a letter successfully, they can receive a gold star.  I can tell you from experience that getting shiny stars is a HUGE motivator. My daughter used to love them! Three gold stars reveals a mystery word and picture. Then, they can look for the item in the hide-and-seek mini-game. When your child is ready to move onto writing words, they’ll enjoy the themed scenes that have cute animated graphics which move when words are correctly written. Kids will also love that they can practice writing their own name and in a variety of colors.

iTrace iPad App iTrace iPad App

iTrace provides several exercises to get your child used to forming letters properly. They can begin with using their finger to trace the letters and can switch to using a stylus when ready, making the transition to writing on paper easier. In the practice section, children are given ‘easy’ letters at first and the difficulty increases as your child’s writing improves. Specific letters and numbers can be selected for extra practice if you notice they’re having trouble with certain ones.

The settings have a number of options that I found useful. These can only be accessed after answering a simple mathematical problem (i.e. 3 x 6) though. In the settings, the history of the child(ren)’s sessions is available to see how they are doing. Multiple children can be added, each with their own progress recorded. Alternate writing styles can be chosen here, including options for left-handed users. I love the fact that parents have the ability of adding new words. Each family has different needs that may not be filled by the 500 words pre-programmed into the app. Plus, it may even add a bit of fun when the child discovers the ‘mystery words’.

iTrace iPad App iTrace iPad App

iTrace can be purchased for $3.99 through the iTunes store and more information can be found on their website. I’d highly recommend it as a great tool for parents teaching their kids to write or giving them a little extra practice. The navigation is easy and the format keeps things fun for the little ones. It was even beneficial for my not-so-little one. There have been certain letters that she has refused to write the way I taught her but, using the app, she had to follow the prompted order and directions to see the next picture or graphic. It also forced her to write more neatly.

I was really taken aback by how clever this app is and so wish it was around when my daughter was younger! It would have saved us money by not having to buy all those lined practice books and made learning to write so much more enjoyable for both my daughter and me. Parents of young children – this is for you!

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TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for 15 years, homeschools her 14-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.


  1. My five year old loves to use the iPads at school – she would love it if we had one. It’s great that parents can add their own words using this app. My girl is always asking me how to spell words so she can practice writing this out. This app would be great!

  2. sounds like a great app that would be great for my special needs kiddo! please enter me to win the app and the ipad mini please. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I like that kids have to follow the prompted order and directions to see the next picture or graphic. I am teaching my 4 yr old right now and this part is tough. Thanks!

  4. DailyWoman (Lacey) on

    Since my son has autism writing is not easy for him. I would love to use an app to help him want to write. One of the features I like is he could write his name and words.

  5. Brandon Dithrich on

    the fact that the kids get stars for doing good is awesome! i remember when i was a kid and i got a sticker or a star for doing something good i always got so excited! its great that they implemented this in the app!

  6. I love that this is the perfect app for my lil guy. He loves reading, and writing and of course anything ipad related!

  7. Love that it saves the entire history and that it tells the child what mistakes they are making and not just that they wrote the letter wrong.

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  8. Evelyn Goettner on

    I like that they can use their finger to trace and you can see what your child has mastered by checking the history.

  9. I like that children can start out using their fingers to trace the letters and gradually move up to the stylus. My son would benefit from this because he still has not mastered holding a pencil correctly.

  10. the coolest thing for us would be the tracing letters. my son is in kindergarten and although he can write all of his letters, he needs to work on the proper form of the letters.

  11. Charlette Bond on

    I like how you can change colors, numbers, and letters and keep track of history. I can see how kids would love this and not realize they were learning instead of just playing with Mommie’s toy.

  12. I think my daughter would love the hide and seek mini game, she loves to practice writing but I think this would be great instead of plain old trace books!

  13. I wish something like this was available when I was learning to write my letters. What a confidence builder to help my little grandaugher with her letters. Awesome!

  14. Cassie Korando on

    I like how extra practice is offered when the child has difficulty with a letter. I also like how there is an option to move from using your finger to using a stylus.

  15. I like that it makes sure your child writes correctly before moving on to the next. It would be great for my daycare!

  16. Laurie Harrison on

    No better way to tell how your child is doing then checking the history. That’s a phenomenal feature, I’d say.

  17. I love everything about this app. Especially the price, 4 bucks!! you cant beat that for this type of educational tool. Im sure my son would have a blast learning how to write.

  18. i think it is amazing how They can begin with using their finger to trace the letters and can switch to using a stylus when ready, making the transition to writing on paper easier.!!!

  19. I like that it maintains a history. So if my older daughter wanted to use it, we would still have the progress of my youngest. My oldest is 9 but she’s in competition with my youngest over everything.

  20. I love that they can start out by writing their own name and several colors. It is really neat. I am more than willing to try this app out with my kids.

  21. I like that kids can begin with using their finger to trace the letters and can switch to using a stylus when ready, making the transition to writing on paper easier.

  22. I love the 600+ different rewards and that Supports multiple players—– Pauline aka Paol Trenny ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  23. I love how it’s there to help children that are struggling with penmanship, but adding technology is a surefire way to not only make it fun but draw children into doing something that they are no longer looking at as hard or frustrating and they start having fun 😉

  24. I like that it helps kids learn to form their letters. This can be very hard for some kids to master.
    Thanks for the chance.

  25. I really like how iTrace only allows the writing in the “correct” direction. It’s really great at prompting too.


  26. I like that you can add your own words to it and that it lets you restart the letter fresh if you need more practice

  27. Mary Beth Elderton on

    I think that tracing is a great way for kids to learn letters and numbers. I also like the option for left-handed kids!

  28. I like that all of my kids can play and have a history stored independently so I can concentrate on their individual strengths and weaknesses.

  29. Cassandra Eastman on

    I love that kids can learn to write there names in any color. My son LOVES blue, he’s 3 1/2 and learning to write a little. Trying to trace, this would be great! Thanks for the review!

  30. I love that it works for more than one child. I have twins so it would be perfect for them to practice their numbers.

  31. Jerick McSnatch on

    love the motivator thing! same as on school where teachers mark their hands with stars when they achieve something nice!

  32. Rachel Victoria on

    My favorite features are the individual user history to track progress and the support for multiple methods of writing! Great app!

  33. I like the many options available for all types of learning for both writing, reading and math. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this app!

  34. I find it very interesting and appropriate that the settings can not be changed without answering a mathematical question.

  35. I love the fact that it gets harder as the writing gets better for the kids. With the kids loving touch screens nowadays, this makes it so much more fun!

  36. Wow, I love the entire parent’s section. You can actually see the progress in it’s entirety. This is a definite must have app.

  37. Laura Jacobson on

    I love that difficulty increases as your child’s writing improves! Would be so great for Carter learning to write!

  38. I like that its so easy to use and so easy to lear and the grandkids would have a blast not even realizing thery are learning

  39. michelle dement on

    i love that you can add your own words which would be great with spelling words and can help reinforce drawing out words especially for my daughter who struggles with dyslexia and we are always looking for way to help her with spelling

  40. the ability to practice handwriting – and it’s an app for the iPad (my kids have basically ninja’ed the iPad from me)
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  41. I think that this app looks awesome! I would totally buy it! I think the best part of the itrace app is that parents can add the words that they want. Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. I like that my daughter would think of this as a game instead of a homework lesson, and that you can add words in addition to the ones provided

  43. Really like the fact you can transition from using your finger to the stylus – seems great for kids just starting to learn to write!

  44. I love that it awards my children with gold stars when a skill is mastered.
    That’s a big incentive for my children at their age.


  45. I like that alternate writing styles can be chosen, including options for left-handed users. I’m left handed and know the challenges it can present so I’m glad that feature was included. Thanks.

  46. I like the fact that it advances the program as the child advances in skills, and can be adjusted to different styles of writing.

  47. I love all the options to add problem letters and to make left-handed if necessary. Very neat! I would love to use this to enhance my homeschooling options.

  48. I like the fact that the app saves the child’s history so you can go back and look at improvement over time. Would love to win this – what a great giveaway!

  49. I love that you can take it with you anywhere. Kids love ipads, iphone etc. so they would actually want to use this product. Plus the fact that it is so customizable (right and left handed) is great!

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