Crayola Nail Party

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun virtual manicures; purchase needed to unlock full set.

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Ease of Play

Painting and decorating the nails is easy and mistake-proof. Taking a picture of your own hand proves rather challenging, and kids may need help getting a good shot.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crayola Nail Party is a freemium app -- free to download but requiring an in-app purchase to unlock all the features. With Crayola Nail Party’s free version, kids can paint and embellish three nails using a limited selection of polishes, stickers, and patterns. Painting the full hand or getting access to all the tools requires an in-app purchase.​ Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

In CRAYOLA NAIL PARTY, kids perfectly paint their own virtual nails after taking a picture of their hand or use an included hand after customizing the background and skin tone. They can choose nail shape and length; polish colors; patterns, including colors and sizes of the pattern; and embellishments. Each nail gets its own colors and designs. When finished, kids can take a photo of the hand to add to their nail gallery.

Is it any good?

In the full version, kids have lots of choices for every step of the nail design. If kids choose the hand included with the app, they can customize the skin tone, choosing from five shades ranging from almost alabaster white to a rather light brown -- certainly not a range representing everyone. Kids also can take a picture of their own hand or a friend's hand. Lining everything up to take the picture is tricky enough to require some parental help, but the nails can be maneuvered onto the hand, changing the size and angle, to make them look pretty accurate. The color choices, pattern options, and embellishments let kids create some pretty fun pretend manicures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they like about playing apps that simulate real-life activities. What do they like better about pretending to paint nails in an app? What do they like more about actually painting their nails?

  • Families can discuss how they want to handle in-app purchases. Read our article on managing virtual money.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99 to unlock full version)
  • Release date: August 13, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Size: 81.70 MB
  • Publisher: Budge Studios
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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