ExplorArt Klee - The Art of Paul Klee, for Kids

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous interactive book makes art history playful.

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Educational value

Kids can learn about the life and art of Paul Klee and express their curiosity by exploring the art in the app. Those who want can delve deeper into his life and work through the "find out more" feature. More opportunities for kids to create their own art within the app would be a great addition.

Ease of play

Text is read-aloud but can be turned off. Navigation is simple with the balloon, cat guide, and arrows. If kids stop before finishing the book, it goes back to beginning by default when reopened.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ExplorArt Klee - The Art of Paul Klee, for Kids is an interactive children's fantasy story that introduces kids to the art and life of Swiss-German artist Paul Klee. The interactive storybook features four pieces of Klee's artwork and information about his life and philosophies. Narration and text are available in English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian. For parents who want to check it out before buying, there's a "lite" version of the app, which includes some of the content but not the full story. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In EXPLORART - THE ART OF PAUL KLEE, FOR KIDS Paul Klee's artwork is featured in a fantasy story narrated and navigated by Cece and Ku, a boy and a dog from planet PK. The thousands of works of art Klee created brought PK into existence, and kids will explore four of his works ("Landscape with Yellow Birds," "Dream Town," "Castle and Sun," and "Twittering Machine") on their visit to the planet. A red balloon opens the control bar, where kids can change language, read more in depth, turn off narration or sound effects, or move around in the book.

Is it any good?

Since the featured artist mixed different styles to create art, it's fitting to mix fantasy, history, and art in a beautiful, interactive, electronic museum of Paul Klee's work. The graphics are gorgeous, and the narrator guides are fun and appealing. Kids who want to go more in depth will appreciate the "find out more" feature, and younger kids can just enjoy the story and art. Hidden surprises, such as art that moves and plants that grow, will keep kids engaged as they read and learn about Klee's art. This lovely storybook likely will appeal to animal lovers, fantasy fans, and art aficionados alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the art of Paul Klee featured in ExplorArt Klee - The Art of Paul Klee, For Kids. Ask kids what appeals to them about his different works and why.

  • Visit a museum -- in person or virtually with Google Art Project -- to see works of art by other artists.

  • Encourage kids to try to make art inspired by Klee. Which materials and colors would work best?

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