What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How to Draw-Full Version contains seven drawing "episodes" that teach kids -- even younger kids -- how to sketch a dog, cat, space shuttle, princess, and more. The verbal instructions, given by a childlike voice, are clear and very step-by-step. The on-screen cues disappear after a line is drawn and the user moves to the next portion of the lesson, which means only your kid's rendition of the drawing is left visible for him or her to color, erase, save, and send via email. In the end, it really looks like your kid "freehanded" the entire drawing, which is sort of the case -- just with a lot of help.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
Engagement, Approach, Support
Well-designed art learning experiences are real confidence builders for budding artists of all ages. What fun for a child to email a completed drawing to a friend or relative and say, "I drew that space shuttle!"
As kids learn practical steps for drawing specific objects like animals , they also learn about shapes and part-whole/whole-part relationships, as well as practice following directions, and build patience.
Step-by-step audio and written instructions in a friendly kid's voice, options to draw or watch the app draw, music and coloring off or on.
What's it about?
How to Draw-Full Version includes fun "episodes" that kids can choose from to learn to draw specific objects or animals, such as a hippo, cat, or the Statue of Liberty. After choosing one lesson, a voice instructs kids how to draw a specific line segment that appears on the screen concurrently with the voice instruction. Once kids complete the drawing, the computer-generated lines disappear, leaving their own drawing to tweak, color, save, or email.
Is it any good?
HOW TO DRAW can be a real confidence builder for budding artists of all ages. The adorable drawings the app teaches users to sketch look like they may be too complicated for younger kids to learn, but the bit-by-bit instructions make these drawing lessons accessible to kids as young as kindergarten -- maybe even younger, if your kid has a natural affinity for drawing. What fun for a young child to send a completed drawing via email (with a parent's help, of course) to a relative or teacher and say, "I drew that space shuttle!" And have it really look like a space shuttle. Highly recommended.
Families can talk about...
Help your kid email his or her favorite drawing to a relative or art teacher.
Talk about some of the descriptive words kids hear in app. Why is it helpful to use words like "wavy," "curved," or "arc and bracket" when explaining a line?