Saturday, June 14, 2014

Live Colors App

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Details: Live Colors: A new tablet app for young children and their parents.  Can be found in 7 countries, for preschool aged children.  Helps children learn: creativity, imagination, color mixing, fine motor skills, and confidence in their own handy work.

Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

"Key Features: (quoted from their site)
Key features:
— The most simple and handy interface
— Eye-candy graphics
— 20 animated coloring pages
— Soundtracks recorded by professional actors
— In-game help to mix the colors in the palette
— Color the picture by template or conjure it free-hand
— Automatic saving of all pictures in the gallery
— Come back and complete the masterpiece at any time
— Eraser in case the drawing needs slight corrections
— Share your young artist's work in social networks
— Print your artwork, hang it on the wall and admire
— Available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Simplified & Traditional Chinese

My Review:  This type of app isn't new to myself or my children.  We love coloring apps, we have one on each of my kid's phones, our Kindle Fire, and we do lots of art in school as well.  I looked at this in a home school situation, thinking it would be great to give my preschooler something educational to do during a period of time when the older sibling needs my one on one attention.  It's animal concept is really cute, they animals talk and move while you paint them.  There is encouraging music that helps to stimulate the mind.  However, for my 4 year old, this was too boring for him.  He wanted more options, wanted to try other ways to mix colors.  So after looking into this I would really saw that the target audience should be 2-4, not 5.  By age 5 kids are going to Kindergarten and should already know their primary colors and know how to mix the secondary colors as well as neutral colors.  So this would be too easy, not stimulating enough for that age group, which my 4 year old falls into as he is going to Kindergarten in the fall.  My honest option is that my children didn't like it, because they were too old.

Pros: cute animal theme, great stimulating music

Cons: too young for my 4 year old, not challenging enough, not creative enough for my preschooler

My Rating: Thumbs Down

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