Drawing Games

Do you want to be the next Picasso? Even if you prefer to draw with pen and paper over a stylus and tablet, these apps and games are perfect picks to turn your device into a digital sketchbook. Kids of all ages can learn how to draw their favorite characters, explore their interests in animation and comic creation, and even gain inspiration from museums all over the world. There are also valuable tools and tutorials available for advanced artists to refine their skills. For more ways to cultivate kids' artistic expression and appreciation, check out our Essential Creativity Guide.

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DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY

age 3+

Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Picasso - Mirror Draw!

age 3+

Free art app a one-trick pony, but fun and engaging.

Devices: Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Drawing Pad

age 4+

Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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Draw With Us! - Stickers, Photos, Pencils & Fun for Kids

age 4+

Cool, easy-to-use tool just right for beginners.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn to draw 40 animals

age 4+

Step-by-step instructions great for guiding young artists.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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ItzaZoo

age 4+

Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.

Platforms: Windows (2009)
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JumpStart 3D Virtual World

age 4+

Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.

Platforms: Windows (2009)
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Nick Jr Draw & Play

age 4+

App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire (2012)
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DLTK's Crafts for Kids

age 5+

A bounty of fun crafts for kids, but some iffy ads.

URL: http://www.dltk-kids.com/ (2012)
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PicsArt for Kids

age 5+

Fun coloring, tracing, and drawing practice for young kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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How to Draw-Full Version

age 6+

Cool app teaches even young kids how to sketch.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Imagine Artist

age 7+

Excellent art sim lets players' creative sides flourish.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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Pokemon Art Academy

age 7+

Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2014)
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Art Academy

age 8+

Thorough, fun lessons will genuinely help your art.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2010)
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Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone

age 8+

Outstanding painting software can make anyone an artist.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2012)
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Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters

age 9+

DSi-only download game focuses on language and drawing.

Platforms: Nintendo DSi (2009)
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Comic Life

age 9+

Fun way to turn your own images into realistic cartoons.

URL: http://comiclife.com/ (2013)
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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

age 10+

Impressive animation tool; a bit complex for newbies.

Devices: iPad (2015)
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BrainPOP

age 9+

Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.

URL: https://www.brainpop.com (2012)
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CAST UDL Book Builder

age 10+

Read, write, share -- there's no wrong way to enjoy a book.

URL: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ (2012)