Writing is an important skill that preschoolers need to master. And in my kids’ preschool curriculum, tracing is an essential skill they need to practice before they can learn to write. If your toddlers are still learning to trace vertical straight and zigzag lines, I recommend checking out Patchimals - First Lines app.
But, if your kids are already tracing curved lines, spirals, or any of the more advanced shapes, they would be more interested in trying the new Labo Paper Fish app. It’s a creativity app where you trace the curved outlines and assemble them together to create a colorful fish friend.
Cut, Color, and Play
You start by selecting one of 16 fish to create and play with. There is a variety of selection, including angelfish, clownfish, shark, and dolphin. You can also choose the paper to cut from.
When choosing a fish, do note that different fish has different numbers of body parts. The smaller fish tends to be less complex. You would then start tracing the curved lines alongside the edges of the fish body parts to cut them. Drag these pieces to assemble a jigsaw-like fish.
Now, the fish is ready for coloring. You can choose from 19 different colors to create the design you want. You can also follow a sample coloring pattern shown on the top right corner of the screen.
Once you have finished coloring, you can unleash the fish and play one of the five mini games. For example, you can play with underwater photography where you would drag the underwater camera and take a snapshot of your fish. You can also play a sea parkour game where you tap the iPad to make the fish jump over various obstacles, or play a slinging game where you direct your fish to save its partners.
Parents Need to Know
Labo Paper Fish is suitable for kids ages 3+ who need to practice their finger tracing skills. Almost of all of the fish shapes require them to trace curved lines. Kids can also express their inner artist through coloring the fish.
The app works great in Airplane mode, and does not include any in-app purchase or advertising. In this initial version, Labo Paper Fish is only available for the iPad.
Things I Like
My favorite mini games in Labo Paper Fish are the ones that focus on tracing curved lines: find ABC and seabed maze. In the first game, you would need to find letters that are spread across the ocean. You need to drag the fish and navigate it around while avoiding the various obstacles.
In the seabed maze, you need to visually memorize how the seabed is structured, including where the target is and where the obstacles are. As soon as you tap on the fish to move it, the screen goes dark, and you’d have to rely on your memory to trace curved lines and direct the fish to the target’s location.
In addition to the fun mini games, kids can also learn about the names of different fish. It is as a reward for playing the find ABC game. This helps them appreciate the richness of our ocean.
Labo Paper Fish is a fun activity app for kids ages 3+ who need to practice tracing curved lines as part of their pre-writing skills. The app offers a playful approach by cutting, assembling, and coloring 16 different fish that you would eventually unleash into the ocean. Even if your kids have already mastered tracing curved lines, they would still enjoy playing the original and brilliant mini games.
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.