Nick Jr Draw & Play
By Jinny Ree,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.
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Kids can learn to create art as they have fun exploring the various interactive tools with Nick Jr Draw & Play. Kids can also learn a little about technology as they draw using the device's unique features such as tilting and flicking. Kids can choose to draw on a blank canvas, create a collage, and more. Although kids can pick from different drawing templates, they'll get the most out of free play on the app. Nick Jr. Draw & Play encourages kids to have fun and create, but its Dora-led tutorials focus on functionality rather than art instruction.
Ease of Play
Nick Jr Draw & Play is intuitively designed, and includes tutorials from Dora as well as a help button. Kids will need very little help playing and navigating in and out of the activities. It would be nice if the "undo" button allowed kids to go back more than just one step.
Products & Purchases
Although there are no outside ads, Nick Jr Draw & Play promotes other Nick apps via a “More from Nick” icon. When kids tap it, they see a collection of icons for apps featuring Nickelodeon characters. Nick Jr Draw & Play also features popular characters such as Dora, Diego, Team Umizoomi, and Bubble Guppies.
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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting, playing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Release date: May 31, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- Publisher: MTV Networks
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: September 12, 2016
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