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Crayola Art Studio

Crayola Art Studio

Spring 2009 Software
Ages: 4 & Up
Price: $24.95
The Crayola Art Studio is a robust drawing tool truly suitable to spark creativity in players as young as four. It contains a bevy of Crayola art tools, including crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, and four different kinds of painting tools.

The tools are more than satisfying, each making different kinds of marks on the paper and each with different blending and transparency properties. Shapes and lines can be drawn in each medium using additional tool presets. These tool presets range from shapes as simple as circles and squares to a line tool that mimics the path tools of more sophisticated art software. Symmetry tools provide a lovely kaleidoscopic effect that doubles as a great math lesson. As the player experiments, new ideas take shape in the same way of an actual art studio.

The Crayola Art Studio is remarkably adaptable for the younger users. A "Begin to Draw" custom view limits the amount of tools shown. A wide array of well-designed stamps make excellent additions to the picture, and line art stamps can be used to make a custom digital coloring book.

The only true flaw is that Crayola Art Studio is PC-only, which is too bad for all of the arty Mac parents out there.

Amy Kraft   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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