A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
Products & Purchases
In-app purchases ($.99) include more coloring pages, stickers, and backgrounds. You can adjust the app's settings to hide in-app purchases; otherwise in-app purchase options are visible to kids by default. The settings page also includes other kids' apps sold by this publisher.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Color & Draw for kids HD is far more than just an app version of simple, traditional coloring books. This coloring and sketching app gives kids dozens of coloring pages, backgrounds, vibrant colors, brushes, and other options to choose from. Users can also create their own drawings, draw over photos taken with the device's camera, and practice letter and numbers with onscreen lined paper. There are in-app purchases ($.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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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