Picasso - Mirror Draw!

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Free art app a one-trick pony, but fun and engaging.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of drawing and painting as they create art on the screen using their finger to simulate a paint brush. The app stimulates kids' imaginations and encourages them to be creative. Picasso - Mirror Draw! is a relatively rudimentary drawing app that offers one really fun and engaging gimmick.

Ease of Play

The app is intuitive and easy to use, and explains what to do using visual and text guides.

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The app is free, but ads run along the top of the screen at all times. Kids can follow a menu link to download other apps by the developer.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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