App: Chalk Walk
Developer: Mrs. Judd’s Games
Educational Use: writing, fine motor skills
Why I like it: fun and funky music, have to use 2 fingers to draw, which mimics the fine motor skills needed to use a pencil.
There are two modes: Trace and Doodle. In trace, you follow a line that gives puzzle clues to spell words. In Doodle, you can, well, doodle – you can also change backgrounds, save your pictures, and change the chalk color. This is a good app for children who like to draw and write. Because you have to use the “pincer” muscles – the thumb and finger- it develops the same fine motor skills as holding a pencil. the Parents and Teachers section has some nice tips for extending and sharing this app with kids. While it does have occasional notifications, I have not noticed any other annoying ads or in-app purchases. You can turn off the music, though it is really not bad. Settings allow for right or left-handed users.