A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Colors -- Therapy Coloring Book is an art book for iOS and Android devices. It offers a solid array of drawings kids can color, add patterns and other effects to, and save or share. Figuring out how to color items isn't difficult. Kids get instructions and can also refer to an FAQ if they find anything confusing. The app is free to download, but ads pop up fairly frequently when you access drawings or want to unlock some of the color palettes and other extra items. Users can also pay $7.99 to remove them. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found.
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What's it about?
Kids add hues to the animal, pattern, and other drawings in COLORS -- THERAPY COLORING BOOK. After opening an image, they can choose a palette and colors from a color wheel. Tapping on the image with a bucket tool fills portions in, and a marker offers more precise shading. An eraser removes color, and an undo button corrects mistakes. Moving two fingers apart on the screen lets kids zoom in to see detail. They also can add outlines, filters, and other effects to drawings and save them to use as a phone background or share them on social media.
Is it any good?
Kids -- and adults -- can color dozens of cat, mandala, and other drawings with this easy-to-use app. Brief instructions in Colors -- Therapy Coloring Book explains how the process works, although it's fairly intuitive. Kids select a palette, choose colors, and can fill large spaces or use a marker tool for smaller details.
There are plenty of drawings to choose from, and new items are offered daily. But the actual coloring experience doesn't differ much, which may discourage some kids from utilizing the app indefinitely. Although it's free to use, there's a cost associated with some items. Certain color palettes, for instance, are locked unless kids watch a video or pay to remove ads from the app. That can be an enticing option, since ads appear fairly frequently when you click on drawings to color. Unlike the color palettes that require you to view an ad to access (which feature a small play button symbol), the drawing selections aren't marked -- so there's no way to know if clicking on one will trigger a lengthy ad appearing. Kids can end up pausing to watch things often as a result, which takes away from some of the fun. Otherwise, though, Colors – Therapy Coloring Book can be a fairly enjoyable way for kids to spend some free time that will provide more opportunities to be creative than a number of other apps might.