Friday, April 14, 2017

Children’s iPad App, Artie’s Magic Pencil


Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com



Artie’s Magic Pencil is both an Android and iOS app that encourages kids 3+ to create.

From the developer:

There’s a monster on the loose and it’s destroying everything in its way! Save the day and help Artie to rebuild his world, using a very special magic pencil. In a land where basic shapes are the building blocks, children can be the hero whilst learning how simple triangles, squares and circles come together to create everything they see around them, from a butterfly to a building, and a car to an ice cream shop!

What I liked:

This app has a really cute premise. What child doesn’t want to help save the day? The fact this can be done by tracing shapes means that kids are learning as they go. The app is quite intuitive and kids are guided along Artie’s journey, and his interaction with shapes. Tracing around the shape lines can deviate a little, but not too much, so kids also learn to make straight or curved lines correctly, and to join lines up. The art work is colourful, and the animations engaging. I loved that the developers included a map of Artie’s journey, and the ability for kids to choose colours and patterns for their shapes. To pay once with no ads or in-app purchases is a model I think many parents will appreciate.

Parents could further enhance the game by encouraging kids to observe shapes in the environment and to create their own pictures using shapes. There are extra downloadable worksheets from Minilab here and here for parents to print and offer their kids for more drawing fun.

Where do I get it?


Check out all of my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page. I’ll be adding this app to my List: Creating with Children and iPad Apps.

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