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Drawing Academy Games for Kids

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Guided drawings come alive, but too many ads.

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Is It Any Good?

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Animations and movement are wonderful additions to this guided drawing collection, but the visible locked content and ads drag it down. Drawing Academy Games for Kids offers structured and directed drawing. The included drawings are cute, simple to re-create, and super kid-friendly. Because kids must follow a template, their finished drawings will end up looking pretty good, which may please some kids. However, as this is not an open-ended forum for creative artistic expression, Drawing Academy Games for Kids doesn't allow kids to experiment. There aren't even that many colors to choose from. The biggest delight in this app comes with the animations. Kids can have fun interacting with their drawings as they move them around the screen and make them do things like eat a flower or stretch and turn around. Too bad kids can't also record the drawing moving around as they tell a story about it. Some content doesn't seem entirely thought out, like when the narrator continually refers to the airplane drawing for the letter "A" as a "plane." The limited content with free download model is pretty common and therefore not too surprising, but it's a big disappointment that the ads don't disappear after purchasing full access. Kids can easily get caught tapping on ads as they try to choose a drawing to make, and seeing the locked content isn't a great model for kids.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, Math : numbers, shapes, Arts : drawing
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (one-week trial then to unlock all content make in-purchase of $3.99/month; $18.99/year; or $36.99 one time purchase for unlimited access)
  • Release date: January 16, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Publisher: Bini Bambini
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.2 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: March 12, 2019

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