Flycatcher Inc’s Painting LULU Coloring Books For Kids series not only includes an interactive coloring book and an app, but also contains one very smart stylus, designed for a child’s hand in mind. The whole package is just marvelous and perfect for teaching coloring skills and color sensibilities. The free app in the series is available for download on iOS, Google Play, and at the Amazon Appstore, but you won’t get their amazing stylus without ordering a package. Other coloring books based on licensed characters such as My Little Pony, Hotwheels, etc. can be bought online or the coloring pages only can be downloaded as an IAP under a parental gate. Who’s LULU you may ask? Well, she is part of a gang of friends that are either recycled products or part of the recycling process. Teaching “part of the lifecycle of environmentally friendly products” is something near and dear to Flycatcher Inc. The illustrations with their warmth and heart really shine through on every page and give ample opportunity to discuss and reinforce recycling.
On opening, select your coloring book, and choose between any of the coloring pages. Other features include the Page Scanner or the photo Booth. In LULU and Friends coloring books, there are 5 different books to choose from that have a variety of themes with LULU and her friends to color in the app. Kids can choose from crayons, markers, and paint with the options of coloring widths. Kids will also be able to scan in a page with the QR code on the corner of each page if a page is already colored in for a fresh start. One of the most remarkable features is the ability to do both – scan in a partially colored or fully colored page (in Page Scanner) and make adjustments using the eraser and fresh colors. Also under “Coloring Books” is the “My Coloring Book” which changes any snapshot you take into a coloring page. And you know, Fido is always ready for a close-up! Clinically, it’s cool to photo a child and have them color it to improve body awareness and a sense of self. The Page Scanner either loads a pre-existing page or one that is a completed masterpiece. Photo Booth takes a Selfie with many of the characters that you can then color. This is a lot of value for the price and one that can be used over a huge span of time.
Many apps purport to develop fine motor skills, but few really deliver on that promise. In Painting LULU, kids can begin interacting in the digital sphere or through the coloring pages themselves. The ability to have the option of interplay back and forth truly refines visual motor skills and fine motor skills by playing to the strengths of a child. One opens to the digital sphere by scanning a page, whether it is the actual coloring page or accessed through the QR code on top of the page. The lifespan of the coloring book is ensured across multi-users in a family or classroom. One can also begin by coloring an actual page and then uploading it into the app to complete later. Some kids just can’t handle that initial interaction with crayons or markers. The demands of grasping a writing utensil and the resultant drag on paper are just too much. And so starting with a virtual replication of the process is a good introduction. Finished pages can be emailed to a predetermined person or saved for printing to mount on the fridge.
Painting LULU Coloring Books For Kids was quite a find at the Toy Fair and we are so grateful for running across them. The biggest delight of all was playing and testing out their stylus. It was made for little hands and protects the glass on the iPad. It contains no metal parts but is pretty precise in its ability to mark on the coloring pages. I am pleased to say that the stylus can be purchased as a stand-alone item on Amazon under the heading of Painting LULU or Flycatcher Inc. Highly Recommended.
Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of SEPA, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing in Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews for Teachers With Apps has been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.