Intro to Colors, by Montessorium

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Rich exploration of color covers the basics and beyond.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the fundamentals of color -- primary, secondary, and gradients. The app presents each group of colors, encouraging kids to name and match them, thus building their color vocabulary and understanding about the basics of painting and art. In the game, color wheel exercise, and free paint canvas, kids apply the information they've learned and get an intro lesson to digital creation. If you're looking for a beautiful, systematic way to help young kids learn about color, Intro to Colors is the one.

Ease of Play

Extremely easy to use. Sparse, simple user interface puts the focus squarely on the colors and the interactive exercises. Grown-ups can find detailed written instructions by tapping "i." The voice instructions are important to most exercises on the app, so you can't turn sounds off.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Intro to Colors, by Montessorium takes color and breaks it down into the simplest elements for kids to explore, Montessori style. The keys to color -- primary colors -- begin a kid's color journey on this masterful app. Then onto secondary colors, shades (or "gradients"), a blank canvas where kids can mix primary colors to paint anything they'd like, and a whimsical seek-and-find color game that encourages kids to notice color all around them in their environment.

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Parent of a 1, 3, and 8-year-old Written byMeasamouse February 6, 2014

Want my money back

I bought this app on Common Sense's recommendation but it was a huge disappointment. My 3 year old son knows his colors but is having trouble labeling the... Continue reading

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What's it about?

From the main screen, tap on Primary, Secondary, Gradients, Paint, or Search (five language options). Tap Primary and watch as red, blue, and yellow tablets appear. Shake the device to scatter and drag to match the colors, along with other reinforcement games. Verbal and visual cues teach color names and tell kids what to do next. There are activities for secondary colors and shades, too, all with clear instructions. The canvas page allows kids to free paint. The color search game is easy seek-and-tap.

Is it any good?

INTRO TO COLORS is yet another winner in developer Montessorium's line of Montessori-inspired apps. With just a little help from a grown-up, these basic introductions and exercises to primary colors, secondary colors, and shades are suitable for very young kids. The seek-and-find colors game includes modern, zany grayscale illustrations splashed only by the colors kids are asked to find. It's also fun for kids to free paint and mix primary colors to make new ones on the blank canvas. Spinning the rainbow color wheel and dragging to reorder seven shades of one color from dark to light helps kids focus on each color. There's no option for sounds to be turned off, which may be distracting to some users. Still, a marvelous way to introduce kids to color.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kid learn how primary colors blend to make other colors in the real world. Provide them with red, blue, and yellow paint to finger paint on paper.

  • Talk with your kid about the shades of colors you see in your surrounding environment.

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