A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 13, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Bugs
- Size: 178.00 MB
- Publisher: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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