Be-be-bears: Painting for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Graphics make fun, short-lived animations; lots of ads.

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age 3+
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Educational Value

Kids can get creative and experiment with color. They'll draw, color, and create with line drawings or a blank canvas. Kids also get an introduction to using a digital tool to create art.

Ease of Play

Painting is as easy as tapping a color and dragging a finger across the screen, but it's also easy to get lost navigating through the main menu.

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Free version includes numerous icons and full-screen advertisements for other apps from the same developer. Kids can also get lost in ads while trying to get back to the home screen. There's a parent gate to help protect against purchase, but it's best to purchase the app to remove unwanted ads for the target age.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Be-be-bears: Painting for Kids is a simple drawing tool with a little digital twist. Fill characters and props with color, and watch them come to life in mini animations. The free version includes limited content and lots of pushes to purchase the full version, which isn't appropriate for the target age. It's best if parents make the $2.99 purchase to unlock all the content and get rid of most of the advertising. Some ads also include Russian or Chinese text. Turn sound effects and background music on and off in the settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Choose from three ways to draw and color in BE-BE-BEARS: PAINTING FOR KIDS. Fill simple line drawings with color and use the finished drawings as stickers in the "free draw" area. Or try the animated sequences to color simple drawings and watch them move in short animated sequences. Finished drawings are displayed in the in-app gallery. Drawing options include a full color palette, three paintbrush thicknesses, and an eraser. 

Is it any good?

Kids get a nice color palette and cute line drawings to decorate and animate with this pretty basic drawing tool. The most exciting part about Be-be-bears: Painting for Kids are the pre-set animation sequences: Kids get to color in simple but appealing line drawings and tap their way through to watch a short animation. Kids have no input in creating the animations, and beyond those brief moments of excitement, everything else is pretty ho-hum. There's a "color in the drawings" option, and a blank canvas gives kids free creative rein. Everything they create is automatically saved in the gallery or placed in the sticker tray with no way to delete or edit. The three brush options are thick, thicker, and even thicker, so there's not much opportunity for fine detail. Though the free version gives a good sense of what Be-be-bears: Painting for Kids has to offer, it's so riddled with ads and pushes to buy the full version that it's not usable beyond the initial test run. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kids create in Be-be-bears: Painting for Kids. Ask them to tell stories about the animations they see. What do the drawings bring to mind?

  • Give kids lots of art materials to draw and create offscreen: paper, crayons, markers, stamps, scraps, glitter, and glue. Provide whatever supplies you can get your hands on and watch the magic happen.

  • Talk to your kids about the differences between creating art on a screen versus off. How do they feel different? Do they prefer one medium over the other? What can they do on a digital device that they can't do without one, and vice versa?

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