Friday, July 28, 2017

Children’s iPad App, Draw and Tell HD

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Here’s a fun, creative and educational app for kids. And the price? FREE!

From the developer:


DRAW: Be creative!
- 27 crayons, paint brushes and colored pencils
- Rainbow and glow-in-the-dark crayons
- 150+ stickers with animals, food, cars, letters and more
- 32 backgrounds and 22 patterns

- 60+ stencils (iPad version only)

TELL: Create a story.
- Talk about your drawing or tell a story

- Move the stickers as you talk

- Create your own movie

COLOR & SHARE: Save a memory.
- Coloring pages with favorite Duck Duck Moose friends
- Save the drawings and recordings to your Photos and share with family and friends

What I liked:

Draw and Tell HD - by Duck Duck Moose is a responsive and intuitive app for children. The main thing for kids to remember is that if they want to change something in their creation, they navigate by tapping on the element they want in the menu. For example, if they want to change the size of a sticker, they need to be in the sticker part of the menu rather than the colouring part. There are a few pictures to colour, but the best part of the app is the fact kids can create their own images on a blank canvas, and narrate a story over it. There are lots of features offered in the image creation process, too: crayons, pencils, paint brushes, stickers, and that includes stickers of letters and numbers. You can also access an image from the camera roll and add to that.

I love that children are being encouraged to create anything, and especially when it involves creating and telling stories. Once their picture is complete, kids can mildly animate it by moving stickers with their fingers at the same time as they record their voice. The result is a “movie” that’s quick and easy to make and share.

To test out this feature, I made a very short sample video, uploaded it to Youtube and it’s embedded below.

Draw and Tell HD - by Duck Duck Moose is completely free now that it’s part of the Khan Academy suite of apps. I will be adding this app to my list of apps children can create with, and my list of ways for kids to use an iPad to create digital stories.

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.

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