Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Devices Used: Samsung Galaxy On5
Platforms Available: Apple, Android
Developer: Doodle Joy Studio
Kids Doodle is an app that, as its title obviously suggests, lets kids doodle! Users can start with an empty canvas (a color of their choice) or a picture already stored on the device. A simple and hidable panel is displayed on the bottom of the screen with the following icons: canvas (select a new canvas), paintbrush (select one of 24 paintbrushes), eraser (erases where you touch), back arrow (undo), forward arrow (redo), play symbol (show a video of how the doodle was created), and a disk (save the doodle into the gallery). In the free version, kid-friendly apps appear at the top of the screen and occasionally in between drawings, but these can be removed by purchasing the pro version for $0.99. Also, from the main menu of the app, you can select the gallery to view past paintings, and for each there are options to delete, share (for example, via text message or social media), replay (anywhere between 1x and 12x the original speed), or edit the doodle.
As a whole, Kids Doodle is a well-designed and entertaining app for children, encouraging them to be artistic and creative. The playback tool is especially exciting as it gives children the ability to see not only their final creation but also the creative process they went through to get there. The plethora of paintbrushes are fascinating to try out and use; several include variations on neon colors and others leave a trail of a specific shape like hearts, bubbles, or fireworks. One downside is that the user is unable to choose the brush color because it automatically follows its own rainbow sequence. This makes the paintings especially colorful and fun, but some might feel limited that they cannot choose the colors as they would like. Lastly, the developers have done very well in selecting the options available in the menus and panels—not too many and not too few, and all of them are relevant and useful. With over 10 million downloads, this is a well-loved app and something any curious or artistic child is sure to enjoy.