A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: self-assessment
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- 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
For kids who love art and creativity
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