Oh, what fun to be an artist in France! Mini Monet, by Sprite Kids, is like taking that leap to Paris and beginning to experiment with color and form. This app is intended for younger learners through elementary school and is loads of fun. Within the app are several different options - you can strike it out on your own or learn from more structured tasks to get you started. The kids that I have played this with really enjoy it and request it for free play – A LOT. This app is loaded with motivators to keep your student’s interest up, as well as learning the self-satisfaction of making original art.
There are 5 sections to Mini Monet: Art Club, Symmetry Drawing, Coloring, Drawing, and Challenges. In coloring, there are so many options to choose from and chances to earn more... as Mini Monet has a built in a reward system for drawing and coming back day today if you register your class or student’s artwork.
Art Club is where you can show your work… and other artists will like your entries. There is no negativity here, spurring on your kid’s to share. Symmetry drawings are really phenomenal in that they get kids to begin to dissociate left and right sides, which is a precursor to bilateral integration. Drawing is originated on colored, textured or ruled paper, giving you endless possibilities. Drawing tools – colored pencils, brushes, markers or bucket fill are at your disposal. The color palate has a nice variety and you can add texture, patterns, glitter effects, and the creation of your own stickers! I love the ability to play with transparencies and how large or small your implements are in the drawing. This presents kids with so many chances to see what abilities they have as well as learn the effects of their actions.
The Daily Challenges are very unique to this app, and present kids with creative prompts. On sharing, you earn coins for your piggy bank to buy other pictures for coloring at the art store. There are other ways to earn coins, such as playing, drawing and liking other children’s submissions.
I would definitely recommend this to early interventionists and other itinerant teachers and therapists, as you will gain insight into how a child handles nonstructured play versus structured, and the ability to change or transition with multiple options. The ability to share with family is also a bonus, and all links are locked.
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.