iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn to draw 40 animals

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Step-by-step instructions great for guiding young artists.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to draw specific animals in a formulated way. Kids can also learn basic drawing skills and concepts, such as the difference between "thin" and "thick" lines, as they practice following step-by-step instructions. iLuv Drawing Animals helps kids recognize the unique shapes and basic physical characteristics of different animals as they draw tails, fins, beaks, and more. Kids who are interested in being more creative can add backgrounds and stickers to the pictures. With easy-to-follow tutorials, iLuv Drawing Animals empowers kids as they learn to draw dozens of animals almost instantly.

Ease of Play

The cute little icons are pretty self-explanatory for kids. The app includes options for drawing, erasing, and even adding what you just erased, as well as to adding back the drawing lines to show how close you came to the suggested lines.

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A "more apps" option on the main screen links to the publisher's website and other app in the iTunes App Store. There's also an icon with the Facebook logo with the option on every drawing to post on Facebook.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn to draw 40 animals is a great app for kids who want to learn how to draw or just enjoy drawing and coloring. The brief instructions are easy to understand: Just choose the animal you want to draw, trace over the dotted lines that appear on the screen, hit the next arrow for more lines, and when you're done with all the onscreen prompts color as you wish, choose a background, save to your in-app drawing book, or share your drawing. Since the drawings can be emailed, parents may want to review the rules with your kids about using that feature.

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What's it about?

ILUV DRAWING ANIMALS gives detailed, accurate, step-by-step instructions for how to draw 40 different animals. Kids simply choose from the many animal images shown on the "Learn to Draw" index and the audio and visual prompts begin. Kids trace over dotted lines to create an outline of the drawing, and then can color and add a background to their creation. There is also the option to free draw on the app. Kids can save drawings to a coloring book or share them via email or by printing.

Is it any good?

iLuv Drawing Animals is an excellent learn-to-draw app, taking kids step-by-step through the drawing process, making it possible for even pre-K and kindergarten-age kids to try their hand at onscreen drawing and end up with some really good looking art. Kids who don't naturally gravitate to free drawing or who are eager to know how to draw things "by the book" and make them recognizable will appreciate the detailed instructions. Narrowing the subject to animals is a helpful idea, giving kids some focus, and adding backgrounds is a nice touch, too. The ability to erase the entire drawing, or add back what you just erased is helpful for kids who get frustrated with mistakes, once they understand the range of options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Once drawings are complete, ask your kid what individual shapes make up the entire animal.

  • Try your own hand at drawing an animal on iLuv Drawing Animals. Even though the app makes it easy, it still takes concentration and perseverance!

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For kids who love to draw

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