A thank you to Dano for supplying participants at my recent OT’s with Apps @ School Workshop a complimentary Dano AppCrayon Stylus for Kids. This stylus had come recommended by another OT during a previous workshop (thank you Joan!), so I was happy to be able to trial and share its use.
The Dano AppCrayon Stylus for Kids is a chunky, somewhat light weight stylus with a tripod gripping surface making it easy to grasp and hold. Similar to those favorite tripod pencils that facilitate where to put fingers when grasping a pencil, AppCrayon provides an easy finger placement on the shaft.
Along with the grip and weight of the stylus, one of the other important features is how interactive and accurate the tip is in different positions when drawing or writing. Some stylus due to size or shape can only be used when held in a vertical /upright position – not a position that facilitate a more mature grasp with extended fingers. The AppCrayon stylus has a large, extended tip, allowing good contact with the tablet surface even when held and drawing at about a 25 degree angle from the screen. Although the tip is large, I was able to use it for more refined tasks as drawing at level 14 in iMazing app or to write using PhatPad app or MyScript Calculator app, both handwriting recognition apps with good contact and recognition.
I found the Dano AppCrayon Stylus for Kids a Stylus that I would recommend to fellow OT’s, teachers or parents to use. A suggestion and comment that always seems to arise is in interest in having replacement tips a possibility with styluses. Kids have an infinity to pull, pound, and sometimes orally explore the tip of a stylus resulting in damage to the tip! Replacement, or a solid tip would be an awesome addition to this stylus!
AppCrayon also provides a free AppCrayon app that provides images to color and share and handwriting practice components. The handwriting option provides line tracing guides, audio feedback, a palette to chose a letter to work on, an animated arrow showing direct of the next stroke for both upper and lower case letters. It is simple but effective with its Zaner Bloser method of letter formation.
Have you used this stylus? What is your preferred stylus for students at school?
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