SketchPad - Learn to draw Safari for kids, by Kizzu, helps get kids started drawing by showing them how to begin, step by step. By breaking drawings down into their composite shapes, kids can learn the dynamics behind making art, and thereby not be so intimidated to jump in. One of the nice features of this app is the ability to see your work evolve and progress, which reinforces the need to stay with a project in order to view its outcome.
To begin you are on safari with Mr. Bazoo, your guide. Once you select an animal, he’ll help you get started drawing. First using a pencil to roughly sketch out the basic shapes with the pencil tool, then using a marker to flesh out the detail, your animal begins to come alive! If you should overshoot your target, you can undo and start afresh. Every step of the way, you make the decisions of whether or not to proceed. Finally using a brush tool, you begin to paint. I really like the fact that the painting does not stay in line, it stays real to placement, gently urging patience and control. There are several brush patterns and sizes to choose from, and the color selection is comparable to opening the big box of crayons.
Once completed, you are able to save to the camera roll or post to social media, under parental controls, keeping your kids safe.
This is a learn to draw program rather than a coloring or paint program. The benefits being that students learn to control and are in charge of the final product. An app such as this is very motivating to learn to use a stylus and that translates to using a writing instrument. The results are just beautiful… and something frame-worthy, either on the fridge or on the wall. Printing and keeping artwork is really a grand way to show progress over the year, and illustration is always the best data collection.
I do wish that you were able to re-enter a drawing and add more detail, once it was saved. Sometimes, as Artists, you may have inspiration that comes later, and that facilitates and rewards creative thinking. To rework a piece, even on the preschool level, is in itself a study in how to transition and teaches us that things can be changed. And that is the impetus to try and make a difference.
*NOTE from TWA - July 2014 - The developers made the changes we suggested so that you are now able to go back and re-edit a drawing that has previously been completed. Thanks for listening Kizzu!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that "her kids" grow up to be healthy independent learners.