A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Creativity Studio 2 is a digital drawing and coloring tool in which kids can use a blank page or color outline drawings of scenes and characters from select Disney hits such as Cinderella and Big Hero 6. Finished creations are saved in the in-app portfolio but also can be transferred to the device's camera roll or printed. The free app offers blank pages, a decent number of drawing tools, and a limited number of Disney coloring pages, but more pages and tools are available through in-app purchases. Frozen pages are only available through purchase. Parents may want to discuss their rules about in-app purchases with their kids before using, since it's likely that kids will want the locked pages and tools. In terms of other settings, the default option does not allow kids to color outside the lines, though parents can turn this off in settings. Finally, the Disney Creative Stylus Pen does not unlock content in this app, though it works in the original app, Disney Creative Studio.
What's it about?
Experiment with various artistic techniques with this digital coloring book. Choose a blank page for free draw or browse through line drawings of scenes from Cinderella, Cars, Frozen, Disney Princesses, Disney Princess Palace Pets, and Big Hero 6. Most drawing options, including the traditional paintbrush, plus chalk, stickers, glue, glitter, letters, and numbers, are unlocked in the free version. Additional tools and most coloring pages are available only through in-app purchases. Drawings are saved to the in-app portfolio.
Is it any good?
DISNEY CREATIVITY STUDIO 2 is your traditional coloring book for 21st-century kids. Kids who love the characters featured here will particularly enjoy the coloring pages (though only some are available for free). Kids who don't can focus on using blank pages. There are some cool drawing tools such as glue and glitter or magic brushes that add little bits of animation. Another interesting feature is the camera tool that allows kids to take pictures (or use images from the camera roll) and then draw on the photo. A few nitpicky notes: The undo button is inconveniently hidden under the eraser tab, and it would be nice to exit a drawing without having to save it to the portfolio. All in all, this is a decent drawing app with some unique features. Kids should have enough free drawing tools to experiment without immediately nagging parents to buy more, though the fact that the most popular content is locked likely will lead to requests for purchases. Ultimately, kids may be happy with the free coloring pages, but die-hard Disney fans will want more.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Pricing structure: Free (Free version includes a limited number of drawing tools and a really limited number of coloring pages. Can purchase more options one by one or in packages.)
- Release date: March 3, 2015
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Fairy Tales
- Size: 234.00 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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