Draw and Tell, from popular children’s app developer Duck Duck Moose, is a drawing app that’s aimed at children. With this app, kids can draw, color, add stickers, and then describe their drawings and their thoughts thanks to a built-in recorder.
This app gives kids a way to express their creativity, and then gives parents a special memento to hang onto afterwards.
When opening the app, children will be able to choose from a blank piece of paper or a coloring page. Selecting a blank paper allows for the most creativity, and there are several different paper choices and backgrounds to choose from.
Once the paper has been chosen, drawing tools are accessed by tapping the icon in the upper right hand corner. Children can choose a tool by tapping on it, and there are several available, from crayons, paints, and colored pencils to stickers and patterned brushes.
Every tool is available in a rainbow of colors, and while tools don’t have variable width brushes, they do each have a different line size and texture, which is simple enough for kids. Drawing with the tools makes it feel like you’re drawing with the real thing.
Kids can add stencils to their pictures, which are used by placing a stencil background and coloring over it. There are also a ton of great stickers in all shapes and sizes, from cute animals, to food, and decorative elements like hats and mustaches.
Coloring pages are similar, except children will choose from a pre-drawn scene. Coloring is done by choosing a color and tapping an on-screen element, so there’s no worry of trying to color within the lines. Stickers, stencils, and patterned brushes can all be used with coloring books.
When a drawing or coloring is finished, kids can tap the record button to describe their work or to tell a story about the scene. This is a great feature that kids and parents alike will love. Playing the recordings is as simple as tapping the play button.
You can save your photos and recordings to the photo album (as video files) which can then be shared with friends and family via email or your social networks, or added to your computer for long term safekeeping.
What I liked: I loved the variety of drawing instruments, colors, and stickers that could be applied to artwork. There’s a lot to do in this app, and I think kids will have a great time with it.
What I didn’t like: Drawing at the bottom of the screen continually brought up the pencil/crayon color menu, which got in the way. The coloring books were super cute, but there weren’t enough individual areas to color in. For example, when coloring toast, I couldn’t make the crust and the bread separate colors.
To buy or not to buy: This is absolutely one of the better art apps for children that I’ve seen, so if you have a little one that likes to draw, this is the perfect app to download to encourage their creativity.
- App Name: Draw and Tell HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: Duck Duck Moose
- Price: $0.99