A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doodle Buddy is a free drawing app that offers kids a lot of ways to get creative with paints, stamps, and backgrounds -- but it comes with a lot of ads. You can disable the ads by making a $0.99 in-app purchase. The app also entices kids to download other apps so as to earn "Doodle Bucks" to use within the game. Parents can turn off the ability to download other apps from within the "Settings" section of your iPad. A similar free version of this app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Doodle Buddy -- Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch -- It's Addictive!
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What's it about?
Kids creating with Doodle Buddy can choose a color, as well as brush width, and just start finger-doodling on the plain screen. There are also lots of emoticon-style stamps and backgrounds to choose from, and a glitter effect. The app includes options to doodle over a photo already stored on your device, save your doodles to your device, and send doodles via email.
Is it any good?
This app offers a lot of fun ways to draw and stamp images onto your painting, as well as choose background scenes and more. You can use more than one finger to doodle and create some pretty cool images with options like smudging and glitter. However, this free app has tons of pesky ads and constantly asks kids to download other apps so as to earn in-game "Doodle Bucks" (which can be used to buy other art supplies). Free in this case comes with a cost.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 1, 2010
- Category: Other
- Size: 12.90 MB
- Publisher: Pinger, Inc.
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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