Parents' Guide to

Drawing Pad

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+
One of my first downloads for iPad and our 3+ daughter loves it. She dived right into drawing with the various tools, having no trouble switching between tools and colors. She creates new drawings in minutes and loves to save them and review her former creations. Issues: It took me a little while to figure out how to save (click the "USB cable" tool, then the album) and longer to teach the toddler how to do it herself - ideally the drawing would "autosave" itself so that drawings would not be lost. Going back and forth between the current drawing and older drawings and saving/updating drawings should be easier. That said, we are managing with the current slightly awkward interface, and it is her favorite iPad activity right now. Separately, the tool drawer interaction is a bit awkward. Ideally, it would hide/reveal itself according to safe gestures, but as it is, I often find myself marking the drawing accidentally as I try to make the drawer open/close.
age 5+

Great drawing app!

Great app. My 5 year old loves to be able to mix media - like paint parts with paint brushes and draw parts with pencils. Easy for kids to learn to use and artwork can be saved and emailed to grandma.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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One of the best drawing apps yet to crop up for tablets, DRAWING PAD provides users with a robust tool set, including various paint brushes, pencils, crayons, stamps, markers, paper backgrounds, and an eraser. It takes mere minutes to create lovely, finished works of art and, should you choose, share them with friends and family via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Niggling complaints include an inability to fine-tune colors and create exacting details, but these issues are overshadowed by its joyous simplicity, making it an ideal app for aspiring artists of all ages and ability levels.

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