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HexaParty - Hexel Art for Kids

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Coloring simple images is fun, takes little effort, has ads.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Entertainment
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Large pixelated images and simple controls make it easy even for young kids to color in images -- even if there's little room for creativity. A big collection of pixelated images includes lots of fun drawings for kids to complete. And the method is simple: Tap a color and then tap the highlighted pixels. Color outside the lines and tap the wrong pixels? No problem! For better or for worse, each pixel takes only the color it's supposed to be. The upside is that kids will always get fun colorful images when they're done, which may be appealing to kids who don't feel super confident about their artistic abilities. The downside is that there's no room for personalization or creative expression. Kids are essentially following directions to make a set, standard image. To some, the process may be soothing, but to others, it may feel meaningless. There's also a free-draw option, though it's buried lower down in the main menu. The AR option is neat, but it can be finicky and it takes good coordination to make it work. Overall it's hard to see why HexaParty - Hexel Art for Kids works on a subscription rather than a set download fee. The free trial should help parents decide whether they think it's worth it to pay a subscription every month.

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