Let's Color 2, by developer Aplica, is a tap to color art app for young children. With one free coloring book and in app purchases of many other books, kids will have lots of choices to express their inner artist.
If your child is a budding artist, or likes to play with color, Let's Color 2 may be an app to add to your library. The app has nineteen different coloring books available to purchase. They range from Fairy Tale characters like Knights and Princesses to a wide variety of animal books. Pets, Forest Animals, Africa, Butterflies, and Birds are just a few titles. Space Voyage, Cars and Christmas round out some of the other choices. There is sure to be a coloring book to suit everyone's interest.
After choosing a book to purchase, turn to a page in your book, either use the example page or create your own color scheme as you paint your picture. Each picture is broken into parts, so simply tapping in a blank space fills the space with your chosen color if you have the tap to paint option on (paint can icon in bottom right corner). Turn on the marker icon to color more traditionally by swiping your finger where you want the color to go. In a nice twist, the app grays out sections so that the coloring stays within the segmented parts.
The marker tray comes with 10 preloaded color markers, but tapping on the marker tool pulls up a color bar to choose your own hues and tones, making color choices fairly infinite. A five tap reverse button and marker thickness button are the other tools available.
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This app has some unique features I've not seen in recent coloring apps. To begin with, there are a few nice features regarding the selection choices. Upon downloading the app, users choose any of the 19 books as their free coloring book. Fully peruse each book to see what images are in it before purchasing the books. Each book comes with approximately 10 coloring pages. This takes some of the guess work out of choosing an appropriate book. I also liked the ability to switch between the paint can and marker tools. With a three year old, graying out sections to avoid scribbling makes the art project a little more authentic. Parents can access each completed picture by pressing and holding the gear tool. Share your child's artwork via the camera roll, email, or Facebook from here. Also delete pictures to create more space for more masterpieces.
Overall, this is a bit different from the standard coloring app. I liked the neatness of the finished product, and the lack of scribbling on the pictures. The color choices and tools left plenty of creative space for my child, but kept it neat for the mother who likes to be able to tell what the picture was supposed to be!
Let's Color 2 is free to try and available for download from the iTunes App Store - Additional Modulees available via in -app purchase - iPad and iPad Mini App
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady
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