Nick Jr Draw & Play

 
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Learning(i)

App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.

What parents need to know

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.

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

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Parents have the option of sharing kids' artwork and ecards via email or Facebook. While Facebook requires a login, it's relatively easy for kids to send email if the device has an account on it. Kids can take and save photos using the app; these can also be shared. Parental controls allow parents to turn off sharing from the app as well as access to the "picture ideas" gallery.

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

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • playing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • playing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jinny Ree

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
Price:$3.99-$6.99
Release date:May 31, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:152.00 MB
Publisher:MTV Networks
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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