A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Get inspired by illustrator Eric Carle's iconic style and create digital collages and drawings with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR - CREATIVE PLAY. Kids choose to create on a blank canvas or use a dotted-line drawing of some of the most recognizable figures from Carle's books. In collage mode, kids choose a pattern and drag their finger around the screen to cut out shapes. In draw mode, kids choose a color and a paintbrush or pencil. Saved drawings are stored in the app's gallery, from which they can also be saved in the device's camera roll.
Is it any good?
Kids can make and save beautiful digital artwork, though options and drawing tools are limited. Overall, the app's presentation is simple and accessible, and kids can easily and quickly create. It's neat how kids can mimic Eric Carle's collage technique by "cutting" out shapes from a large collection of patterned "paper." There's more creative potential when kids use a blank slate, but they'll probably also enjoy using Carle's line drawings as templates. Yet, there's room for this app to be simple and accessible but still offer additional options and features to give kid more and easier control over their creations. It would be nice, for example, to be able to cut out more than one shape from a single sheet before it disappears, to adjust an already cut piece rather than having to trash it and start all over again, or to be able to edit saved drawings. Eric Carle's artwork has delighted generations of kids, and this is a fun way for young (or old) fans to mimic his style, but the excessive simplicity and lack of options limit creativity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different shapes, patterns, and colors they see in the app. Ask kids why they chose particular colors, shades, or patterns or what they were thinking about as they were creating their art.
Read Eric Carle's books together and enjoy the simple text and colorful artwork.
Make several drawings and have kids tell a story about what they made.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 22, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Book Characters, Wild Animals
- Size: 57.10 MB
- Publisher: StoryToys Entertainment Limited
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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