If you’re the parent of a young child who loves to doodle and draw, it can be tough to keep paper and crayons in stock. The iPad is an amazing drawing tool that has the power to keep children entertained for hours, not to mention the ability to help them unlock their inner Picasso by giving them a seemingly limitless number of tools to work with. Below are the top five iPad drawing apps for children of all ages.
Nick Jr Draw & Play HD – $4.99
Featured as an Editor’s Choice app by Apple and a high ranking app in the Education category, Nick Jr Draw & Play HD is a must-have for fans of popular Nickelodeon shows like Dora and Team Umizoomi. This fun painting app reaches far beyond simple doodles, though, by including guided play activities that allow kids to create e-cards and other shareable works of art. If you find your child isn’t sure of what to draw or is bored with simple crayons and paper, this all-in-one app will definitely inspire their creative side!
Color Mix HD (Princess) – Free
One of the many apps in the Color Mix HD series, the Princess version allows kids to paint tons of awesome fairytale scenes and save them to a gallery to show off later. Kids can even import photos from the iPad’s camera roll to draw on. That’s not the best part of this app, though. Kids can create their own colors using five basic colors on the palette. If you’ve ever wanted a fun and creative app that will also teach your child how to mix colors together, Color Mix HD (Princess) is one app that you definitely can’t pass up.
Drawing Pad – $1.99
For parents who are looking for something a little more advanced so that their child won’t outgrow it over time, Drawing Pad is perfect. This particular drawing app focuses on photorealistic drawing tools, meaning the app won’t feel childish. The graphics absolutely blew me away, and I was amazed to see the quality of colors. Drawing Pad is best for older children who are already familiar with digital drawing apps and kids who are seriously serious about drawing. The best part about this app is that parents can use it too!
DrawQuest – Free
Similar to Nick Jr Draw & Play HD, DrawQuest gives kids a sense of direction by assigning them a specific subject to draw. For example, the app will tell kids to create their own superhero or draw their dream from last night. The app is incredibly easy to use and has a very cute and cartoony feel. There’s even a social aspect where kids can see what other DrawQuest players have created. This one is definitely for older children who can be trusted with social networking, but it’s a great way for kids to complete daily drawing tasks and actually look forward to using the app.
Paint Sparkles Draw – Free
The last app in our Top 5 Kids Art Apps list brings back fond memories of when super awesome glitter crayons first made their appearance. Paint Sparkles Draw will definitely keep your child entertained thanks to over 200 coloring pages and a ton of cool painting tools. While 200 coloring pages might seem like an overwhelming amount, thankfully they’re broken down into 11 categories so kids can easily find what they’re looking for. If your child loves coloring books, Paint Sparkles Draw is definitely an app to download!
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