What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Color Vacuum is a whimsical art education app that uses your mobile device's camera as a "color collector." If kids just free-play on this app, it can be fun to see the various colors that are "picked up" from the objects they see around them. Unfortunately, the app's modes and instructions can be confusing and frustrating for kids who want to know what each dial and button on the screen means.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Whimsical play engages kids in viewing the various colors that are "picked up" from objects around them. Unfortunately, the app's instructions can be confusing and frustrating.
Freeplay with a mobile device's camera and objects in its view help kids discover how primary colors combine at different ratios to produce other colors, as well as discover the different levels of luminosity in objects.
The opening instructions provide a fun story, but aren't clear as far as directions. The directions given within the three different modes of play are not child-friendly and will need adult guidance.
What's it about?
Color Vacuum encourages kids to use a machine to "pick up" and collect colors in their surroundings. Kids see how red, blue, and green combine at different ratios to produce other colors, as well as discover their different levels of luminosity. Focus your mobile device's camera on a color in an object, and the color appears as a bubble on the app. Three vials show how much of each of the three colors is in the object's color, and lights represent its luminosity. Three modes offer slightly different methods of play.
Is it any good?
Young kids probably won't understand some of the concepts introduced in COLOR VACUUM unless an adult explains them. This doesn't mean, however, that they can't learn a lot about color through the simple free-play fun of collecting colors. The opening instructions provide a fun story, but aren't clear as far as directions. The directions given within the three different modes of play are not child-friendly and will also need adult guidance. Color Vacuum would be glowingly improved by better explanations, instructions, and labels on the device parts.
Families can talk about...
Get some real paints and play with combining colors on paper plates.
Read the instructions on this app for younger kids and interpret the concepts in age-appropriate language.
Challenge your kid to find the maximum 25 colors.