Want to save paper but still foster creativity in your child? Try one of these drawing apps instead.
It has over 6500 five star ratings at the App Store, so you know that Doodle Buddy is doing something right. This free app from Pinger, Inc is for IOS devices. The interface is easy and intuitive. The large selection of cartoon stamps make funny sounds that are a hit with kids. You can use Doodle Buddy in portrait or landscape mode. It comes with backgrounds or you can use your own photos.
Android users should check out Kids Doodle, from Doodle Joy Studio, at the Google Play Store. This easy-to-use app allows children to paint on a blank canvas or stored photos. Eighteen brush choices include crayon effect, spray paint, neon glow and ribbon. The colors are bright and clean. Shaking the phone or tablet will clear the painting. Kids Doodle has a nifty movie mode that turns your pictures into a filmstrip. The built in art gallery stores your pictures and movies. You can share drawings via social media, Gmail and Picasa. The last option allows you to take advantage of online digital printers if you want a hard copy of a masterpiece.
123 Color HD
If your child likes coloring books, you might want to look at 123 Color HD. It has lots of cartoon style drawings that can be colored. In addition to free choice coloring, there are also paint by number and paint by letter options. The perfect paint selection automatically keeps your color in the lines. If you spring for the $3.99 premium edition you will also have letter and number learning options with spoken language in English, French, German, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish.
How to Draw, by Mind the Kids Ltd
How to Draw is the next step up. This app teaches you how to draw simple characters. The narrator, a young boy, draws a line and you copy it. Lessons include a dinosaur, robot, tank, train, princes, rabbit, Santa and a skeleton. The lessons progress from easiest to more difficult. After you’re done with your design it can be colored in. Finished artworks can be saved or emailed. Appropriate for kids age 6 and up, depending on their attention span.
Manga University 101: How to Draw Manga
For the older child or teen, try Manga University 101: How to Draw Manga. This free app has a whole lot of information packed into it. There are tutorials, video tutorials, a blog and a book. For kids interested in Japanese anime, this is a great start.