Kids Doodle: App of the Week, 15 February 2012

Kids Doodle app of the week

With half term upon us and many British households knee deep in children, it made sense to have a child-friendly app as this week’s App of the Week. With this in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Kids Doodle, an app designed to get children (and adults) drawing, doodling and then watching what they’ve created on a movie.

 

The app is available on both Android and iPhone as a free lite version, as well as the pro version, which costs £0.69 through the App Store and £0.92 through the Android Market. I’ll be reviewing the pro version here.

 

Review

Loading up the app is quick and takes you immediately to your saved gallery of doodles. This will be blank when you load for the first time, so click the + button in the top right hand corner to begin your first doodle. You’re then greeted with a blank canvas and a toolbar with the following options:

 

Kids Doodle toolbar

 

These icons might not make a huge amount of sense on first sight, but do make sense once you’ve clicked on them. To begin with, click the coloured pencils in the middle of the toolbar to bring up your brush choices. You have options to select different sizes and styles of brush, including on with a cool multi-coloured rainbow style.

 

Kids Doodle app of the week image

 

Next to the brush tool is your colour palet, which upon clicking on it, opens up the following colour choices. As default, the colour is set to random, so if you slide the dial to off you can begin playing around with the colour options.

 

Kids Doodle app of the week screenshot

 

When you’ve selected the brush and colour of your choice, you’re ready to begin doodling. This is as easy as you’d hope – simply run your finger over the screen and you can instantly see your doodle appear. If you make a mistake, you have the option of undoing your last action or using the eraser feature to rub out a section of your doodle.

 

When you’re happy with your artwork, you can either start again, watch a video of you putting your doodle together or save what you’ve done for posterity. On the toolbar, click the + icon with the sunflower image beneath it and you have the option to save the image or the video.

Kids Doodle save image

 

The image and video are saved both to your gallery within the app as well as the photo gallery on your phone. Here’s my doodle tribute to Valentine’s day in action:

 

 


 

Verdict

Kids Doodle is a fun and very simple to use app that should keep the kids entertained long enough for their parents to have a relaxing sit down with a cup of tea. It’s billed as an app for young children, but I think kids of any age can enjoy this. The video playback feature elevates Kids Doodle from being something of a throwaway to an app that you’d go back to again and again.

 

As a final comment, it’s worth noting that the free version of this app includes clickable ads, which are easily clicked on by children. Some users have suggested that not all of these ads are suitable for children, so for less than £1, it may be worth upgrading to the version without ads.

 

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Download Information

Download the Kids Doodle app on Android

Download the Kids Doodle app for iOS Apple

 

 

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