Artie and his Magic Pencil are back for another creative adventure! This time, they are traveling around the world to bring gifts to their friends. Along the way, they also help kids pick up basic drawing skills.
Trace the Shapes
Artie's World is a playful app that teaches kids how to draw with a dot-to-dot system. Kids trace basic and irregular shapes to draw toys, vehicles, and animals, then watch as their creations come to life with funny animations. The app is simple enough for young kids, and there is no reading required.
Unlike Artie's Magic Pencil, which features a single map, Artie's World has several themed maps to explore. The map Artie's Village, for example, is filled with tiny houses and happy villagers celebrating the holidays. This map teaches kids to draw 8 different toys and gifts, such as a dinosaur figure, robot, rocket, and doll.
The other maps are set in various places around the world, including a tropical jungle, but not all are available yet at the time of review. Kids choose the map they want to explore at the beginning of the app, by tapping the marker on the globe.
For variety, Artie's World includes a simple memory game that can be accessed from the main screen. It uses only six cards, so even young kids will be able to play. The cards feature random drawings from the main gameplay. The more drawings kids complete, the more varied the card faces.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Artie's Word is free to download from the App Store. The initial download gives you 8 free toys and gifts to draw in Artie's Village, with more map packs/objects available via in-app purchase (IAP). At the time of review, you can get Arctic Adventure to unlock a new location with 15 animals and objects. The developer plans to add more map packs in the future.
Even though Artie's World contains IAP, it is safe for kids. The purchase link is secured behind a parental gate, and there are no third-party ads and social media links. The app is also usable without an Internet connection.
Things I Like
Artie's World is a lovely app for ages 3-6. Not only is it great for fine motor development, it also teaches kids how to create various pictures even with limited drawing skills. It shows that many objects can be made by combining together simple shapes.
Additionally, the app helps kids expand their vocabulary by introducing them to various animals and objects. When kids complete a drawing, they can watch it get animated and listen to a narrator speak its name. Some of the animals they might learn including harp seal, arctic wolf, orca, beluga whale, and many more. The app supports more than 15 languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese.
I highly recommend Artie's World if you want to teach your kids basic drawing skills. The gameplay is fun and very forgiving, even for young kids who still struggle with drawing simple shapes like circles and rectangles. As an added benefit, the app helps expand the child's vocabulary by introducing them to various animals and items.
App was provided for our honest review.
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