Kids Paint Free

Common Sense Media says

Bright, random colors engage, but options are limited.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Drawing on the screen and cycling through colors is simple. The shake-to-clear function can be buggy. Older kids may enjoy taking and selecting photos to draw on, but younger kids will need guidance in the process.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Google ads run along the bottom of the screen throughout play. The paid version is ad-free.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The app doesn't ask users to enter any personal information, but there's no privacy policy in the app or on the developer's website to explain what, if any, information is collected from the device automatically.

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

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

Kids can save their creations to their device's photo gallery.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Kids can learn a little bit about creating with technology with Kids Paint Free. There are a few features of the app that kids will find engaging, such as the ability to upload and draw on their own photos. But kids are not empowered to choose the colors they create with. Kids Paint Free is a bright, colorful art app, but it lacks the basic options kids need to truly express themselves creatively.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Subscription price:Android 2.1 and up
Release date:February 26, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:0.30 MB
Publisher:Virtual GS
Version:4.5

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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