Bug Art

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful bugs inspire creativity in well-rounded app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some artistic basics and express their creativity in Bug Art. They'll learn about and use some artist's tools including different brush sizes, a marker, a pencil, glitter, and an eraser as well as stamps and stickers. They'll also use nontraditional tools such as bug's feet to create interesting art. They'll experiment with color using the 30-color palette. Kids also can learn step by step how to draw different insects. As they explore the insect world, their curiosity about bugs may be piqued as well. Kids also will get to use the device in several ways, exposing them to a variety of uses. Bug Art is not only beautiful in design, it also lets kids participate in creating beauty while having fun.

Ease of Play

Each game has kids interact with the device in a different way. In Bug Race, they use two fingers to tap quickly to move the bug. In Butterfly Valley, they tilt the device to direct the butterfly. In Playground, they tap the screen to guide the bug. Each gesture is demonstrated before each round. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bug Art is an educational app for kids with the same buggy beauty of Bugs and Bubbles and Bugs and Numbers, with a focus on art and creativity. Kids design their own bugs and see them come to life in different games. Younger kids will enjoy exploring and creating, but there's enough depth and fun to entertain and challenge elementary-school-age kids as well. Creations are saved in-app. Parents wanting to create separate accounts for multiple kids using the same device can enable multiple user accounts in the device's settings. 

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What's it about?

Kids explore five activities in BUG ART, starting by designing their own bugs and choosing colors and designs. That first bug then can race other bugs, take a flight through a butterfly valley, or play on a bug playground. Kids get as creative as they want in Free Paint, starting from a plain page or choosing a watercolor scene to paint using a palette of 30 colors and a variety of brushes, markers, pencils, glitter, stamps, and stickers, an eraser, and, of course, bugs! Kids also can get a step-by-step tutorial for drawing bugs.

Is it any good?

As with the other bug apps from Little Bit Studio, the graphics in Bug Art are breathtakingly realistic. Kids will get a kick out of coloring a bug and then seeing it animate and come to life. They'll be further amazed to see it in action against the professional graphics of the game. When coloring, kids don't have to worry too much about staying in the lines, as that cleans up nicely when the bug animates. The variety of colors, stickers, and tools gives kids lots of creative options when designing their bugs and their free-paint drawings. The games are somewhat limited -- there are edges to the exploration area and number of interactive elements. The bits of humor from the bugs they'll pass on to the playground will entertain kids with a few laughs. Kids collect bubbles and earn points for them and for completing the races, but nothing is done with those points. Overall, Bug Art is a great buy for families. Younger kids will have fun exploring the playground and will learn different device gestures such as tilting, tapping, and swiping. Older kids will enjoy creating their drawings and seeing them come to life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Take a nature walk outside together and find a bug to observe. Observe the bug for a few minutes and talk about what it's doing.

  • Create your own bug and name it. Sit with your kid and tell a story about your bug's adventures as it explores the Bug Playground.

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