Nick Jr Draw & Play
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nick Jr Draw & Play is an art app featuring popular Nick Jr. characters. Dora the Explorer guides kids as they use wide variety of tools -- ranging from crayons to chalk to spray paint -- to color and create. The app also includes a variety of backgrounds, special effects, and in the HD iPad version, coloring pages and ecards. Nick Jr Draw & Play allows you to share creations via email and Facebook, but sharing can be turned off in the app's settings.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gives kids a fun and varied canvas on which to create art. Clever features such as animated stickers and special effects add another dimension to digital creations.
The app encourages kids to use their imaginations and express themselves playfully with an array of tools. Kids may learn a bit about technology by drawing with the tilting and flicking features.
Parents have the option of sharing kids' artwork and ecards via email or Facebook. Kids can take and save photos using the app; these also can be shared. Could use more creation-focused tutorials or features like color mixing.
What's it about?
Nick Jr Draw & Play begins with Dora the Explorer walking kids through the app's features and functionalities and instructing them how to tap and swipe. Kids select what type of material they’d like play on, then they are free to draw and play with their choice of instrument. Some of the tools offer special effects, such as magic wands for sparkling silver stars, swirling green leaves, flying black bats, etc. Kids can save their creations to an in-app gallery, where they can return to work on them later, or to the device's photo gallery.
Is it any good?
Nick Jr Draw & Play gives kids a fun and varied canvas on which to create art. The different drawing tools let kids experiment, and clever features like animated stickers and special effects add another dimension to kids' digital creations.
Nick Jr Draw & Play does have its limitations -- you can't mix colors, for example, and while Dora walks kids through the app's functionality, the app doesn't offer any instruction on art techniques like painting, drawing, or coloring. Still, kids who are Nick Jr. fans will surely enjoy expressing their creativity with favorite characters.
Families can talk about...
Supply kids with some of the tools that appear in the app. Have them compare and contrast what it's like to draw in crayon on paper and what it's like to draw in virtual crayon on your device.
Ask kids to walk you through their virtual gallery, telling you about the art they've created.