In the lead up to Kahlei starting school in the new year her interest in phonics and letter games on the iPad has increased considerably. I am thrilled that she is obsessed with spelling, letters and words but have been thinking about the transition from learning to form letters with her fingers on the screen to writing them with a pencil.
Obviously, she does use pencil and paper, too. She is just as obsessed with doing it that way but I wondered how the app teaching her to correctly write letters and doing so with her finger would translate to doing so with a pencil grip. It’s a different angle and a different motion and a recent visit with the courier, where I had to use my finger to sign for a package as they’d lost their stylus, confirmed what I’ve been thinking, so we’ve started using the Phantomus Kids Stylus.
The Phantomus Kids Stylus is specifically designed for children, with a chunky body for comfortable grip, a soft tip for smooth motion across the screen, all over bright colour with a fun monster (they say it’s a ghost but my kids think it’s a monster) on the end, it is the perfect mix of practicality and fun for little iPeople.
I absolutely think her letter and number development is improved when she uses the stylus over her finger and she loves to get it out and use it because it is so cute.
It’s not just good for Kahlei, though. Jasper is discovering the increased control that comes with using a stylus and is finding he is able to complete games he normally might have some trouble with, as well as enjoying less limitations when using drawing and puzzle apps. He likes feeling like a ‘big boy’ and using a stylus is seen as a big person thing.
I like to think it will help the development of his pencil grip, too.
For Ellie, it’s the perfect tool for candy crushing. Just recently, I told James off for taking my phone and finishing a level I had literally been on for a month only to discover Ellie had finished it. Seriously.
The stylus allows for less of those ‘whoops, I just swapped the candy completely the wrong way’, which is often what I am cursing myself for when I bother to play. We were send both a pink and blue Phantomus Kids Stylus, but for some reason the pink is the favourite, so Mr Blue and I sometimes try to beat a level or two (plus, he goes with my Beyond Blue wrist band) – you know, for research sake.
There is just something about using a stylus, especially for me who still prefers pen and paper over gadgets. These are smooth, comfortable and fun. The soft tip won’t scratch your device’s screen, although, they can pop off. As long as you’re watching when it happens, they’re easy to just slip back on.
If you’re interested in learning more about the case on our iPad, check out my review for the Speck iGuy Case and Stand for iPad.