App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Show fans will like coloring favorites, but app is limiting.

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Ease of Play

The app is self-explanatory and kids will have no problem diving right in. There are some small spaces to paint, which can be challenging on the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch, and a useful zoom option is tucked in an inconvenient menu. The eraser button is handy for mistakes, but it's lacking an "undo" button, so errors will have to be repainted. The app is otherwise simple to use, but kids will need to be able to read to easily find some of the menu options.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SUPER WHY Paint! is like a coloring book and sticker book combined. Kids choose from 48 coloring pages with their favorite Super WHY! characters and then start coloring. The app doesn't have a free-draw mode; all of the painting is done by tapping an area to fill it with paint. Kids can also add a variety of stickers to their pages to make them more personal. Pictures can be saved and exported to the device's photo album as well.

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Is it any good?

SUPER WHY PAINT! has some good points: The features work as expected, and there is some room for creative expression. However, the lack of a free-draw option will frustrate older kids, especially since some areas of each picture are tied together by color (e.g. Princess Pea's dress trim and the color of her cat's nose fill to the same color). While Super WHY! fans will enjoy decorating their favorites, and there are plenty of coloring pages available, there are better coloring apps on the market -- especially for the iPad. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: March 20, 2011
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Publisher: PBS KIDS
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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