What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Picasso - Mirror Draw! is a drawing app that lets kids create perfectly symmetrical pictures using a variety of colors and brush styles. The app is free to download, but text ads run continuously along the top of the screen. Kids can save images to the device, and share them through a variety of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Picasa, and Flickr.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Relies on a single gimmick to draw players in, but thankfully it's a fun one: Kids create perfectly symmetrical pictures using a variety of eye-catching colors and brush styles. A great way to encourage kids to doodle.
Kids learn primarily by experimentation as they doodle and draw on the screen, but the app also offers brief explanations of what each setting and function does.
Visually intuitive and easy to use, with text prompts if the user is unsure of what something means. Kids can import images from the device's gallery and can share them through a variety of social media.
What's it about?
The concept behind Picasso - Mirror Draw! is simple yet engaging. Kids draw a design on one side of the screen, and the app reproduces the drawing in perfect mirror image on the other side in real-time. This fun technique can be used to create perfectly symmetrical snowflakes, butterflies, or whatever else the child's imagination can come up with. Kids can import images and photos from the device's gallery and edit them, and can share pictures through a variety of social media.
Is it any good?
PICASSO - MIRROR DRAW! relies on a single gimmick to draw players in, but thankfully it's a fun one -- and the free price tag doesn't hurt the app's appeal either. With a few flicks through an easy-to-use menu, kids can select background and brush colors, adjust the width of the brush and eraser tools, and select from four different brush effects including glow, spray, and emboss. The app is visually intuitive and easy to use, with text prompts if the user is unsure of what anything means. Picasso - Mirror Draw! Is a great way to encourage kids to doodle and get creative.
Families can talk about...
Point out symmetry or near-symmetry in nature to your kids, such as snowflakes, flowers, and faces. When the examples aren't 100 percent symmetrical, ask kids if they see subtle differences.
Let kids make symmetrical art by painting the left half of their paper then folding the sides in to make a symmetrical imprint on the right half.