How to Draw-Full Version

Common Sense Media says

Cool app teaches even young kids how to sketch.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app offers excellent verbal and on-screen tutorials at the beginning, as well as clear, simple instructions during each drawing lesson. Players can choose how thick or thin they want their drawing line to be, and what colors they want to use; there is also an erase feature for mistakes.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There is a link to the app's publisher on the main page. Otherwise, no ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Mostly private. Drawings can be emailed from the app to anyone by using the email account registered on the iPad.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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!"

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Math

  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

With How to Draw, kids learn practical steps for drawing specific objects like animals or a space shuttle while also learning more about shapes and part-whole/whole-part relationships. It's instructional for kids to see, step-by-step, how shapes such as circles of various sizes or a triangle play a role in various parts of the body of an object or animal. Kids also learn some drawing vocabulary, practice following directions, and build patience. Learning to draw isn't easy for some kids, but this step-by-step app removes most of the frustration while increasing the fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

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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?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:July 2, 2011
Category:Education
Size:18.60 MB
Publisher:Mind the Kids Ltd
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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