Singing Fingers HD




Creative blend of fingerpainting + sound = audio art.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids drag fingers along the screen while singing or making noise to create art, then touch the art to hear the recorded audio played back. An embedded YouTube tutorial shows off the app's features.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Singing Fingers HD is an easy-to-use app that lets kids create visual art and music at the same time using the iPad. Kids "fingerpaint" on the screen while making a noise into the device's built-in microphone. Whatever noise is picked up by the microphone -- whether it's singing, whistling, the sounds of a musical instrument being played, the siren of a passing fire truck, and so on -- gets recorded and incorporated into the art. Kids can then touch the art to hear the recording played back, dragging and tapping their fingers to create fun effects.

What kids can learn



  • music
  • painting



  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support


It's fun to experiment with changing the colors using sounds, but this is not an app that will entertain kids for hours. It's fun for a bit of experimenting and creative expression.

Learning Approach

Since Singing Fingers HD involves creative expression, there is no direction for learning.


There are no extension opportunities available to enhance the learning experience.

What kids can learn



  • music
  • painting



  • imagination
  • making new creations

While Singing Fingers can encourage experimentation with sound and drawing, the app wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids can have fun creating a fusion of visual and auditory art. Kids will draw on a blank screen while making a noise (or saying a word). As they draw and make noise, the microphone on the device records their voice, and changes in their tone change the color of their drawing. They can then replay their recording while tracing their picture.

Is it any good?


Kids should have a blast exploring this fun and colorful app, which uses no menus and is very easy to jump into. The color of the paint changes depending on pitch, so kids can experiment by singing different tones to create a rainbow-like range of different colors. SINGING FINGERS HD encourages boundless creativity. A small complaint is that the sound quality of the recordings is far from perfect and often distorts or cuts out. It's the only glitch in an otherwise engaging app.

App details

Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 16, 2011
Size:10.60 MB
Publisher:Beginner's Mind
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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