A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There are no instructions to iCrayonMaker, so kids are left to figure out how to use it on their own. Creating new crayon colors isn't intuitive, and each time you start a new color, you start with a medium gray. There is no way to start with a different base color. It is also difficult to change colors for the Crayon Draw portion. Kids have to switch back to Crayon Maker, change colors, then go back to Crayon Draw. There aren't many image editing options in Crayon Draw.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iCrayonMaker is an educational art app where kids can mix their own crayon colors and draw pictures. Kids are given 11 different colors to use for mixing, and can name and save their created crayons for use in the drawing portion of the app. While this is a crayon-making app, kids can also draw with chalk, glitter, and felt markers. Kids can share their creations with others via email or Facebook. An HD version of the app, iCrayonMaker HD, is available for the iPad.
Is It Any Good?
ICRAYONMAKER is a good start to a great concept: mixing your own colors to use for drawing pictures. Kids can create and name their own crayon colors, then use those colors to draw pictures with different media. The app is not immediately intuitive, however, and there are no built-in instructions. Also, it is clumsy and time consuming to change colors while drawing. Also, since the only colors that can be used in the drawings are ones that have already been created, sometimes kids will have to pause their artwork to create the colors they need to finish their pictures. Once kids have built up a decent crayon library and learned how to use the app, however, they should be able to have quite a bit of fun with it and share their custom artwork.
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