What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids Paint Free is a pretty basic drawing app where kids can create drawings with random colors or draw on photos they take from within the app or existing photos from their device's gallery. Google ads run across the screen constantly on this free app; the paid version is ad-free. Kids can save their creations to their photo gallery; there is no sharing option within the app.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
Drawing on top of their own photos will be entertaining for kids. Watching the color wheel spin can be mesmerizing, and the two-finger drawing feature ramps up the fun.
The lack of options beyond line-width selection and photo uploads hinders the learning potential. Many apps, including free ones, do a better job of empowering kids to express their creativity.
Kids can save their creations to their device's photo gallery.
What's it about?
Kids create drawings with random colors (they don't get to select the colors as they paint) on a black or gradient-colored (shades of purple, green, orange, or blue) screen; they can change the background to white in the settings. They can then color cycle their creation, changing its randomly colors by tapping the color wheel. If kids use two fingers, they can create a series of colorful lines. Kids can also take a new picture to draw on, or select one from their gallery. When they're finished, they can save their creation to the device's photo gallery.
Is it any good?
With no tools to change the textures or shapes of lines beyond thick/not thick, and no color choices beyond the limited background choices and the random line colors kids can cycle through, kids are restricted in what they can create on KIDS PAINT FREE. The ability for kids to draw on their own photos expands creativity options somewhat, and the almost-animated look drawings have when cycling through colors is pretty fun to see. The two-finger drawing feature is also fun to see and play around with. But there are many apps (including free ones) that do a better job empowering kids to express their creativity.
Families can talk about...
Help younger kids take photos to color in the app, or help them upload photos from the device's gallery.
Show your kids how to save their drawings to the device's photo album. Print out some of their creations to display and save.