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Mini Monet Creative Studios and Art Club for Kids

Mini Monet Creative Studios and Art Club for Kids

Fall 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Developer: Sprite Kids
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Mini Monet Creative Studios and Art Club for Kids is a drawing app for young children, set in a Paris-inspired artists' neighborhood. Children are offered choices to color including filling-in existing art work, drawing on three different kinds of paper or completing a template of a work-in-progress.

The selection of images include collections of pets, animals, fairies, dragons, vehicles, kids and flowers among others expected and appropriate for this age group. When the image to color is selected it opens full screen and 3 drawing/painting tools are provided with a range of colors. With a fairly wide range of colors available, our testers' favorites were the glitter colors and the geometric stamps. The drawing option provides choices to work on a variety of textured paper, paper painted with an airy background or two versions of ruled paper.

Users can also see a selection of the same image completed by other kids to get some ideas. Having these samples available in the drawing mode is a nice addition. Parents are required to register and log in to get full benefits from the sharing functionality. Additional options include bonus content - images, tools and functions to buy with the coins one earns by opening the app regularly or participating in weekly challenge drawings.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at iArt4kidz.com.

Look for this product at:
Sprite Kids
http://www.spritekids.com
Available on iTunes

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