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Best drawing apps for kids.


Children love to doodle, paint, draw and color. There are plenty of apps for that - our team picked only the best ones with good high quality pictures, easy to use paintbrushes and other painting tools along with the good educational value. These apps and games are perfect for boosting kids creativity and using free imagination. Activities within these great apps include: drawing, painting, coloring, doodling, filling areas with color as well as creating new drawings on blank canvas. Apps from the list are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and available for their iPad or iPhone.

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Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure by Kidoodle - A Fingerprint Network App

Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure by Kidoodle - A Fingerprint Network App
by Kidoodle

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 97/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art

What it is: a doodling/painting app with pirate theme.

What you do with it: complete pre-prepared pics or paint your own creations.

What we liked: concept, extras (like animations), graphics, overall look and feel.

What we didn't like: rather limited set of painting tools.

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iLuv Drawing Dinosaurs HD - Learn how to draw dinosaurs step by step

iLuv Drawing Dinosaurs HD - Learn how to draw dinosaurs step by step
by MyVijan LLC

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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.8

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: an app teaching how to draw dinosaurs (19 pictures + 2 blank sheets).

What you do with it: choose the sheet, listen to the audio instructions and try to copy the lines step by step. After the drawing is complete it can be given individual finish (like coloring) and saved to the gallery.

What we liked: very interesting concept, very precise visual and audio instructions, nice range of sheets, useful range of tools provided (the undo function), fun factor.

What we didn't like: more fun than educational value (the app does not teach techniques nor drawing concepts). The navigation could be less complicated and the tools menu could be easier to use.

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Draw the USA

Draw the USA
by Mahalo.com Incorporated

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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 3.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: a drawing course with video lessons (about 10 minutes each).

What you do with it: choose and watch the video tutorials then use the visual guide to practice on your own. The lessons are divided into chapters (Northwest states, Southwest states etc). The lessons are presented by painter and illustrator Ken O'Brien.

What we liked: the concept, good educational value, easy to use interface for navigating around the videos. The lessons are logically divided into chapters, they are professionally presented and easy to follow. The quality of the videos is very good. We also liked the tips, visual guides and step by step text instructions allowing you to practice at your own pace.

What we didn't like: the material could be presented in more kid-friendly way (in regard to the language, lesson structure and pace of the videos). The app requires internet connection (alternatively you can download the videos for viewing offline). Good reading skills or parental assistance are necessary if you want to use the text guides. In-app purchases: the app contains links to other (paid) drawing courses.

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Wow! Doodle.

Wow! Doodle.
by HyongA

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.8.1

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Best for: Education, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: a set of activities for developing eye-hand coordination.

What you do with it: the activities include:

- basic shape tracing (straight lines, curves, circles, triangles etc)

- drawing missing parts (animals, play objects etc.)

- coloring and painting (free play mode)

What we liked: the concept. Nice variety of activities. Range and number of pictures to work with. Simple, kid-friendly graphics. Spoken instructions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the interface could be more polished (e.g. you cannot zoom on the 'reference' image to see the details). Only one pen size. No undo function.

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Wow! Doodle HD

Wow! Doodle HD
by HyongA

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Overall Score: 90/100

version reviewed: 1.8.3

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Best for: Education, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: a set of activities for developing eye-hand coordination.

What you do with it: the activities include:

- basic shape tracing (straight lines, curves, circles, triangles etc)

- drawing missing parts (animals, play objects etc.)

- coloring and painting (free play mode)

What we liked: the concept. Nice variety of activities. Range and number of pictures to work with. Simple, kid-friendly graphics. Spoken instructions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the interface could be more polished (e.g. you cannot zoom on the 'reference' image to see the details). Only one pen size. No undo function.

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How to Draw-Full Version

How to Draw-Full Version
by Mind the Kids Ltd.

Price: 0.99$ (was 2.99$)
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Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.5

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: an app teaching how to draw simple animals and objects (16 sheets including dump truck, princess, robot, rabbit, dog etc).

What you do with it: choose the sheet, listen to the audio instructions and try to copy the strokes step by step (your strokes will be superimposed over the 'guide' strokes). After the drawing is complete it can be given individual finish (like coloring) and saved to the gallery.

What we liked: very interesting concept, very precise visual and audio instructions, nice range of sheets, useful range of tools provided (the undo function, the zoom function for drawing/painting small details), fun factor.

What we didn't like: more fun than educational value (the app does not teach techniques nor drawing concepts). The navigation could be less complicated and the tools menu could be easier to use. The ad (fortunately not clickable) for other apps of the publisher 'embeded' in sheet file.

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How to Draw!

How to Draw!
by Mahalo.com Incorporated

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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 3.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: a drawing course with 34 video lessons (about 10 minutes each).

What you do with it: just choose and watch the video tutorials then use the visual guide to practice on your own. The lessons are divided into chapters, covering subjects from drawing basics (pencil techniques, drawing simple shapes) to creating complex cartoon characters like Sponge Bob. You can mark each chapter as favorite or complete, or download it for offline viewing. Lesson are presented by painter and illustrator Ken O'Brien.

What we liked: the concept, good educational value, easy to use interface for navigating around the videos. The lessons are logically divided into chapters and subchapters, they are professionally presented and easy to follow. The quality of the videos is very good. We also liked the visual guides and step by step text instructions allowing you to practice at your own pace.

What we didn't like: the material could be presented in more kid-friendly way (in regard to the language, lesson structure and pace of the videos). The app requires internet connection (alternatively you can download the videos for viewing offline). Good reading skills or parental assistance are necessary if you want to use the text guides. In-app purchases: the app contains links to other (paid) drawing courses.

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Wow! Doodle - Android version

Wow! Doodle - Android version
by HyongA

Price: 2.68$
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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.8.3

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Best for: Education, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Music & art

What it is: a set of activities for developing eye-hand coordination.

What you do with it: the activities include:

- basic shape tracing (straight lines, curves, circles, triangles etc)

- drawing missing parts (animals, play objects etc.)

- coloring and painting (free play mode)

What we liked: the concept. Nice variety of activities. Range and number of pictures to work with. Simple, kid-friendly graphics. Spoken instructions. Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: the interface could be more polished (e.g. you cannot zoom on the 'reference' image to see the details). Only one pen size. No undo function.

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TJs Art Studio

TJs Art Studio
by UmaChaka Media, Inc

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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.04

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art, Understanding of the world

What it is: An app for creating pictures with drawing tools, shapes and stickers.

What you do with it: please see our video review.

What we liked: this app is very well put together, has lots of tools with many options. Great for more advanced 'artists'. Excellent 'tutorial' videos'. Options to import, save and share.

What we didn't like: usage of the tools menu requires some practice, no zoom function, there are some limitations (for example you can't change a shape after you placed it in the pic).

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Musical Paint For Kids

Musical Paint For Kids
by Building Blocks Media LLC

Price: 3.99$ (was 4.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 56/100

version reviewed: 2.0.9

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Best for: Interactive play, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Music & art

What it is/what you do with it: a set of 3 interactive scenes.

Create simple drawings while exploring various sounds.

What we liked: the concept (with the 'paint with music' activity being our favorite). Ease of use, including spoken instructions.

What we didn't like: a bit limited features.

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