Color & Draw for kids HD

Common Sense Media says

Creative app full of choices, plus letter, number practice.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are a lot of options on this app, so parents of young kids or kids who haven't used a painting or drawing app may need to help out at first, especially with getting the right brush size to make the practice of writing letters and numbers effective. Also, parents may want to explain and guide their kids on the many options to share the drawings (via email, in-app gallery, device photos, or the app's Flickr account), as well as the in-app purchase feature.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In-app purchases ($.99) include more coloring pages, stickers, and backgrounds. You can adjust the app's settings to hide in-app purchases; otherwise in-app purchase options are visible to kids by default. The settings page also includes other kids' apps sold by this publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some concerns. Kids can share their drawing via email or the app's Flickr account, and are prompted in the Flickr option to include "name, age, and title of your masterpiece," but there's no warning about first name only or other safety guidelines.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Color & Draw for kids HD is far more than just an app version of simple, traditional coloring books. This coloring and sketching app gives kids dozens of coloring pages, backgrounds, vibrant colors, brushes, and other options to choose from. Users can also create their own drawings, draw over photos taken with the device's camera, and practice letter and numbers with onscreen lined paper. There are in-app purchases ($.99) to buy more themed pages, stickers, and backgrounds; you can turn this option off in the app's settings. Also, kids can choose drawings to just color finished pictures or complete incomplete drawings. Parents may want to explain to kids their family's rules about sharing their drawings via email or the app's Flickr page.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Overflowing with different coloring and drawing pages, choices, and activities. Kids (and adults) can get really specific and detailed. Kids will have a blast learning and creating here.

Learning Approach

Coloring 50 incredible drawings (more with in-app purchase) and drawing your own pictures empowers kids to learn from observing what professionals have drawn and then using their own imaginations to make artistic digital creations, too.

Support

It's a good thing there's a voice instructor for younger kids because all the choices can be a bit overwhelming.There are sharing options, including emailing. An in-app purchase provides coloring packs to color detailed mandalas.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to draw 50 different things, prompted by the "artistic springboards" provided on Color & Draw for kids, as well as practice writing the alphabet and numbers. There's also an option to use the technology provided to creatively play with putting stickers and drawings on photos stored on your mobile device. Color & Draw for kids is a fun, engaging app that helps kids grow confident in their artistic abilities.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

COLOR AND DRAW FOR KIDS HD has so many options -- from brush sizes and colors to different topics for the drawing and coloring sheets -- that most kids will find something to spark their creative flame on this app. The drawing primer includes a voice instructor to help kids learn how to draw things like animals. The coloring portion is completely creative so kids can choose their own unique way to finish each page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Color & Draw for kids is overflowing with different coloring and drawing pages, choices, and activities. The "professional grade" drawing engine lives up to the name. Kids (and adults) using the app can get really specific and detailed; there's even an in-app purchase that provides coloring packs to color detailed mandalas. It's a good thing there's a voice instructor for younger kids or first-time users because all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. The app would be even better if the saving and sharing options -- including emailing and sharing via its Flickr page -- included some safety guidelines for kids and parents. 

Families can talk about...

  • If your kid has a particular interest, such as fairies or dinosaurs, consider making the in-app purchase to buy those extra page packs.

  • Encourage your child to name and make up stories about the images they draw and color in Color & Draw for kids.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Release date:October 25, 2011
Category:Education
Size:58.20 MB
Publisher:Tipitap Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 3.0 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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