Sophie’s Drawings is an iPad only app from Emibap. It is a step-by-step drawing tool for children age 3-7 years. The full version contains 14 step-by-step drawings and there is also a free lite version containing 5. This review is of the full version. The app has music and sound effects, which can be switched off in settings. It contains no in-app-purchases, adverts or social media links.
There are 3 different scenes to choose from “Hello’, “The Sea” and “The Farm”.
Hello contains: very simple drawings- a square, a triangle, a circle, a star and a very simple stick figure.
The Sea contains: a lighthouse, an Octopus, a Whale and a Boat.
The Farm contains: a House, a Pig, a Dog, a Cow and a Sheep.
Sophie is a little girl who appears in every scene she smiles and winks when the child draws something right, and grimaces when it is wrong. Each drawing is done a step at a time by Sophie’s Magic Pencil. After her pencil traces a line it leaves a trail of sparkles behind which the child then needs to trace over. If it is correct the magic pencil traces the next line, if not they can try again, or use the magic wand to automatically draw the line they were having trouble with. Once the whole drawing is complete it comes to life – the drawing appears on a background and is animated.
The child can choose to save a photo of their creation in the iPad camera roll or email it (I’ll like to see an option in the settings to disable this as if children accidentally press this they can exit the app and have trouble getting back in). They can also repeat this drawing or move on to the next one.
When drawing the child can choose from 9 different color options, and can vary the thickness of the pencil, an eraser is available for mistakes. I did find that the placement of the lines can be a bit exacting – even I had to redraw lines several times to get them right, so the magic wand was very useful in these situations to stop the child getting frustrated. Because after you draw it the picture is automatically colored in and animated I understand why the lines need to be in certain spots, but it would be nice to add some more tools to make this easier. My commonest mistake was drawing the lines too long, so a dot or star to mark the beginning and end of the line of sparkles would be useful. Another thing I think would help would be to have a small picture of what you are drawing on the screen, so you can visualize the big picture when drawing the lines. I have spoken to the developer and he is planning to address this at the next update – making the drawings easier and considering adding my suggestions.
Overall, this ia a really cute app I love how the drawings come to life, I think it needs a little tweaking to make the drawing easier in some places. I would definitely recommend downloading the lite version to check it out, and getting the full version if your child enjoys the lite version.
Sophie's Drawingsby Emibap
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Kids
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 3G, iPhone5, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini4G, iPadMini, iPhone 4, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone 3GS, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPodTouchFifthGen, iPad 3G, iPhone4S
Size: 19.67 MB
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Sophie's Drawings Free
Category: Education, Games, Family, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5, iPadFourthGen, iPad WiFi, iPhone4S, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 4, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadMini, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini4G, iPad 3G, iPad 2 3G
Size: 16.56 MB
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