Friday, January 17, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Disney Creativity Studio

Little Miss M has become fascinated lately with how her shows are created. Are they drawn? Are they computer made? Are they clay? The questions hit us at the start of every show. So, when she found Disney Creativity Studio for FREE, I instantly agreed to let her download it.

I was pleasantly surprised to find how much the app could do. From coloring Disney scenes to actually learning to draw the beloved characters, I was entertained for hours. There is a special stylus that can be purchased from the app store to supposedly enhance play, but it's $40, and I was able to enjoy the app with the touch of my finger.

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 Expansion packs for different characters can be purchased in the app. External links lead to the Disney web site and app developers.

What is free: All activities for Mickey and Friends and limited activities for additional characters to trial.
What is not free: All activities for additional characters

First, I chose to color a picture of Mickey and Minnie. I was able to adjust the size of my crayon or pencil, add stickers and frames, and save my picture. Then, I played some Connect-the-Dots and did some tracing too. My favorite activity was the "Learn to Draw" section. Each picture is displayed in a step-by-step manner. You trace each of the steps, and then you can remove the lines and see what picture you were able to create. I was impressed by myself!

The free pack includes all activities for Mickey and Friends. Monsters University, Doc McStuffins, Disney Princesses, Minnie Mouse, Minnie's Bow-Tique, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Sofia the First are all available as a trial. Players can only do limited activities within these new characters however and each character's pack costs $0.99.

This app works with your finger, so I have to assume it works with any stylus. If you are training a child to use a stylus or trying to inspire someone to embrace writing or work on fine motor skills, this app will definitely work, especially if they are a fan of anything Disney. The response time was pretty good, I just struggled with the smaller spaces that required a fine point to reach.

Overall, I had a lot of fun drawing, coloring and creating with this app. I haven't decided whether to purchase the expansion packs or not; it will depend on how the girls respond to the FREE version and which characters they really want.

From iTunes:
Selected by Apple as a 'New And Noteworthy' Entertainment app!
* Includes amazing new features- more exciting updates coming soon!

Turn your iPad into an artist’s studio with Disney Creativity Studio. Let real Disney artists teach you how to draw your favorite Disney characters. An easy to use and intuitive instructional guide will help you perfect your skills to create amazing artwork that you’ll love to show off to your friends and family. Engaging activities like Tracing, Connect the Dots, Coloring and more provide hours of fun.

We’ve invited more of your favorite Disney and Disney Junior characters to join the fun!

Now, explore limitless creativity with your friends from:
•Monsters University
•Disney Princess
•Doc McStuffins
•Minnie Mouse
•Jake and the Never Land Pirates
•Sofia the First
•Minnie's Bow-tique
•Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

**GET THIS APP FOR FREE when you purchase the Disney Creativity Studio smart stylus that magically interacts with the Creativity Studio App. The smart stylus provides a fun filled realistic drawing experience through special features and tools like pencil, marker, ink pen, crayon and stamper!

Other Features:
•Interact with so many of your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
•Over 45 unique “pages” of fun activities including coloring, tracing and connect the dots.
•Real Disney artists provide step-by-step instructions to draw your favorite Disney characters.
•An extensive color palette of over 30 colors available at your fingertips.
•Advanced software algorithms make your drawing strokes look lifelike and beautiful
•Save and share creations with friends and family.
•High resolution graphics compatible with iPad Retina Display


 Amanda love Disney, and finds that the kids respond really well to "working" when it's with their beloved characters.

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