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Mobilewalla: Kid-friendly apps draw on a child's creativity

03/25/2013 10:09 AM

03/26/2013 1:53 PM

March is Youth Art Month, a time to encourage children and young adults to embrace their artistic side and create. The following apps, ranked by Mobilewalla, have interfaces that are ideal for younger users.

Apple apps

Paint Sparkles Draw -- My First Coloring Book HD! (Free) Before their motor skills allow them to draw, most children's first art experiences are coloring in the drawings of others. This app allows children to color and decorate simple illustrations. (Mobilewalla score: 90/100)

Meritum Paint (Free) Meritum Paint is finger painting for the digital age. Create works of art with just your fingers. Save them as wallpapers or files, or share them via Twitter and Facebook. (Score: 88/100)

Origami Instructions -- Easy Paper Folding Lessons (Free) Make animals, objects and flowers out of paper following very simple, child-friendly 3-D animated instructions. (Score: 81/100)

Scribblify ($1.99) Use two dozen unusual brush options and 140 colors to create original paintings, and share them with your friends. (Score: 73/100)

Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose ($1.99) Duck Duck Moose brings its children's app magic to drawing. Children can draw a picture with this app and then record a story about their drawing to create multimedia art. (Score: 69/100)

Android apps

How To Draw -- Easy Lessons (Free)* Step-by-step instructions to teach line drawing, including drawing vehicles, animals, plants and flowers. (Mobilewalla score: 95/100)

Picsart for Kids (Free) Kids can use this app to draw from scratch, color in a fun shape, like a dinosaur, or learn how to draw different shapes with simple lessons. (Score: 93/100)

Drawing Pad ($1.99)* Drawing Pad focuses on giving users interesting tools to create art, including virtual crayons, markers, paintbrushes, colored pencils, roller pens and stickers. (Score: 85/100)

Infinite Painter (Galaxy Note) ($4.99) Using the unique "draw-on" capabilities of the Galaxy Note, Infinite Painter gives the user a complex but easy-to-use painter's toolbox. A tiling feature allows the user to create a work of art of any size. (Score: 85/100)

How To Draw: Wild Animals (Free) Kids love to draw animals. This app gives kids clear instructions to help them illustrate their favorites from the animal kingdom, including elephants, owls and wolves. (Score: 69/100)

An asterisk* denotes availability on Apple and Android.

Mobilewalla is a search-and-discovery engine using breakthrough technology to score every app to help consumers navigate the mobile application marketplace. Apps are scored using an algorithm that weighs several characteristics, including user ratings, position within category and staff recommendations. For more app intel, go to Anindya Datta is a technologist and founder of Mobilewalla.

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