Learn to Draw for Kids

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Learn to draw wacky cartoon characters step by step.

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The app itself is easy to use, but the directions it provides for drawing are often vague. Also, it doesn't show the lines being drawn - they just appear when you turn to a new page.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Learn to Draw for Kids is an eBook aimed at teaching kids to draw a variety of cartoon figures (on paper). It has 15 different characters, including a snake, a koala, and a strawberry. Kids select a character and then flip through pages to see how the character was drawn. There is a narrator who reads the text for each page. It should be noted that the narrator (and author) is Australian, so occasionally the spelling or name of a word may be different than you might expect.

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Is it any good?

LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS presents step-by-step instructions for drawing 15 different characters. The app has no animation or even highlighting of newly drawn areas so it's only marginally better than looking at a complete drawing. The narration doesn't usually add much information beyond what already appears on the screen, missing the opportunity to explain a bit about perspective or how to convey movement. In the end, it's just a so-so app that misses the boat on how to be great.

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