Etch a Sketch HD for iPad

Common Sense Media says

Iffy art app lets kids upload personal photos to Facebook.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

Using the virtual knobs to direct your line drawings can be quite tricky. You can also draw directly with your finger, which is much, much easier -- but sort of defeats the purpose of an Etch a Sketch.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

This is a virtual version of the Etch a Sketch toy, which features the real-world toy's name, likeness, and logo.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You can connect this app to your Facebook page for the purposes of sharing pictures. Since you can upload personal photos to draw on with the Etch a Sketch app, kids can then upload those photos to Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Etch a Sketch HD for iPad, a virtual version of the classic art toy, will allow you to upload personal photos from your photo library, which you can then draw over with the Etch a Sketch. The app will also allow you to post your creations to a Facebook page, which includes any creations of yours that incorporate private photos. There's a similar app for the iPhone and iPod touch; it costs $.99.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?


ETCH A SKETCH HD FOR iPAD provides a good-looking -- but less user-friendly -- virtual version of the classic drawing toy. Using the knobs to draw proves much trickier to pull off on a flat iPad screen than it does with real three-dimensional knobs you can hold and turn on a real Etch a Sketch. You can also draw directly on the screen with your finger, but that sort of kills the whole Etch a Sketch feel. There are some nice extras, like the ability to add stickers to your artwork. But on the whole, the Etch a Sketch feels like a toy best left in the offline world.

App details

Release date:November 18, 2010
Publisher:Freeze Tag, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

This review of Etch a Sketch HD for iPad was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide