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5 Apps For Kids Who Like To Draw- Drawing Apps For Kids

Updated on November 14, 2013

To adults, drawing may seem like a natural expression of creativity. But for young children, sometimes it takes a little coaxing to get them interested in art.

Thanks to modern technology, it's easier than ever for children to experiment with drawing. Apps on Android or iOS devices may look sophisticated, but there are many which are tailor-made for young kids. Budding artists can use technology to experiment with colors, different brush styles, stickers, shading, and more. And as a bonus for parents, there's no mess to clean up afterwards!

This list looks at five excellent drawing apps which can be easily downloaded from the web and are appropriate for kids of all ages.

Drawing Pad

Requires: iPad with iOS 4.3 or Android device

This wonderful app has won many awards, like the Parents' Choice Gold Award from the Parents' Choice Foundation. It's also been featured in national newspapers like USA Today and the New York Times.

Drawing Pad really does have everything kids need to create original artwork, without seeming too gimmicky. There are basic drawing tools like crayons, markers, paint brushes, and sketch pencils. For added fun, kids can spice up their artwork with colorful stickers. If your child wants to do more than just draw, the app has coloring books that can be downloaded at an additional price. And like most drawing apps, Drawing Pad makes it easy to share your child's artwork with family and friends via email.

Doodle Buddy

Requires: Android or iOS device

Doodle Buddy is great for young kids because it lets them draw with their fingers, just like finger painting. It comes with lots of colorful backgrounds to doodle on, so kids can go wild adding their own creative touches. Parents and children can also upload photos they've taken to use as customizable backgrounds.

If you have two or more children who like to draw, you can link their devices so they can doodle together. Of course, the best part about Doodle Buddy is that it's completely free. But be warned-- you'll have to deal with ads unless you're willing to pay a small fee for an ad-free version.

PicsArt For Kids

Requires: Android or iOS device

PicsArt for Kids is another highly-rated app that includes many basic drawing tools. It has an easy-to-use interface, so it's perfect for young children. You can use PicsArt to draw on an empty canvas, or to color in fun clip art images, like animals and dinosaurs. The app also supports up to ten fingers drawing at the same time, so it's great for groups of little artists.


Requires: iPad

SquiggleFish is one of the most unique drawing apps on the market because it actually combines old-fashioned paper drawings with digital artwork. You begin by drawing an outline of a fish on a white piece of paper. Color in the fish with crayons, then take a photo of the hand-drawn picture with the iPad. Your fish will then appear magically on the screen, and will look as though it is underwater! It's easy to do, but smaller children will probably need help taking the picture because you need to hold the camera very still.

Wreck This App

Requires: Android or iOS device

If you have kids who like messy artwork, then check out Wreck This App. This unconventional app is a companion to the bestselling Wreck This Journal book by Keri Smith. Parents don't need to worry-- kids aren't really "wrecking" the app. It's simply a blank canvas for kids to doodle on and turn into their own masterpiece. Kids will love Wreck This App because it encourages them to go wild, and parents will love the app because it nurtures kids' imagination.



Children learn to draw in different stages. First come the boundless scribbles, with no determinable form. Then come the stick figures and a deeper understanding of why they're drawing-- because putting the world they see on paper can be a lot of fun!

If you have a child who likes to draw, check out some of the apps listed above. They're affordable, easy to use, and a great alternative to traditional paper and pencil artwork. Plus, apps make it easy to share your child's artwork with family and friends.

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