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Best Drawing Apps for Kids

Best Drawing Apps for Kids

With these apps, learning to draw has never been so much fun. One of the most important things we can do for our kids as teachers and parents is to encourage their creativity and artistic self-expression. Drawing on the screen entertains children and brings them joy and happiness. Even toddlers will find it simple and easy to draw the cute characters. Voice hints and dotted lines will help your child quickly pick up good artistic habits and develop fine motor skills.

The 3 P’s: paper, pencils and paints remain our tried-and-true tools. Still, there are many wonderful iPad and Android drawing apps - some free, some very inexpensive - that let children express their artistic side. Some of the drawing and painting apps let kids to collaborate with each other, or share their artwork with parents or with other children.

Kids of all ages can learn how to draw their favorite characters, explore their interests in animation and comic creation, and even gain inspiration from museums all over the world. There are also valuable apps available for advanced artists to refine their skills.

Here is the list of best drawing apps for kids who love drawing and coloring across both Android and iPad.

Drawing Games to Learning Kids

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Drawing Games to Learning Kids is a free drawing app and is great for younger kids. Kids are provided with all the tools they need for creativity, like crayons, paint brushes, stickers, backgrounds, patterns, stencils, and more. The app has a huge range of adorable characters and drawings that encourage kids to play with colors. The app will turn your child's drawings into a special animations that will showcase the child's unique talent and personality. 

Kids are encouraged to draw a number of different pictures throughout the app which are all linked to the learning of specific areas such as language or numeracy. 

Price: Free


Drawing for kids: doodle games

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Drawing for Kids is a game which gives little children a wonderful opportunity to create and explore the creative process of visual art. Drawing for kids contains 128 colouring pages for toddlers to enjoy. Drawing app is perfect for girls and boys ages 2 to 8. Painting game helps babies to develop creativity, fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. This drawing app for kids features 8 themes: animals, princesses, cars, school, musical instruments, food, Halloween and Christmas.

Kids Drawing Games for Girls is another wonderful, educational drawing game with animated pictures for little princesses. It has everything that a young artist would enjoy: cute animals, beautiful dolls, and fairy tale characters. Your child will learn how to draw by tracing contours step by step.

Price: Free



PicoToONs - Colouring Book

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

PicoToons is a creative app for the whole family with charming toon-like illustrations and a plethora of intriguing tools for drawing, painting and special effects.

PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to tablets and smartphones and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions. PicoToONs is a versatile app that allows your children to draw, paint and create their own art using photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, roller pens, stickers, chalk, spray, marker, bucket and more. Children simply tap a tool, choose a color and start drawing - it’s that simple. Children can also decorate their drawings with a set of beautiful stickers and paint the drawings with colours or customizable patterns.

PicoToONs occupies this position perfectly as a really well-made coloring app. PicoToons Coloring Book is a great app for creative kids that includes a wide variety of detailed coloring pages for children to enjoy. 

Price: Free



Kids Doodle makes doodling an absolute delight for little kids. With easy-to-use tools kids can draw, paint and color with the support of 20 brushes such as rainbow, fireworks, neon, crayon brush, it provides more options and the needed convenience to draw elegantly. The brush size and color are automatically adjusted to make drawing more easy-going.

It features video mode to let parents check out how the kid created the doodle. Kids can easily import family photos to draw beautifully and bring their creativity to the fore. The built-in gallery stores all the drawing photos as well as draw procedure. Hence, you can start off from where you left.

Price: Free


How to draw

( iPhone, iPad )

How to Draw is a great interactive drawing app that teach kids through various art lessons in drawing a variety of figures including, dogs, trains, princess and monsters.

Learn How To Draw is the perfect drawing app because of the many features and progressive lessons it uses to guide and teach kids to draw various figures. After selecting a module, children select the lesson they want to complete and then are guided by dotted lines (similar to what you would follow for learning to write) to follow in order to draw the specific figure.   

It is truly an app that can be used to teach children how to draw certain figures as well as allow them the ability to explore their own creativity through the sketchpad.

Price: Free


Start With Art!

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Start With Art is a great art educational tool that is curriculum based and offers high quality animated videos and learning activities through four lessons. The app features three fun characters – Furnace, Ruby and Tickles - that help children learn about the world of art and creativity. The app meets the National Standards for the Visual Arts,  and for all the content that you get it is very good value for money.

What we liked about the Start With Art is that it suggests activities outside the app and that encourages learners to find more about art and explore the subject. This is a multi award winning app and a joy to play and learn with it. Don’t let the price discourage you from trying this app. It’s totally worth it.

Price: Free


Draw it

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Draw it is one of the best drawing apps in this list, as it is fun and enjoyable. Key feature is to sketch and draw with others in a competitive environment. Having an option to play and compete against friends would make it really fun, or even forming teams with friends/random people and having to guess each other's drawings is fun too. 

Kids can learn to improve their art and communication skills by sketching words in a creative way with Draw It. Coming up with ways to make clues apparent isn't always easy, and kids will often find unique ways to accomplish this. They can learn to think differently as they guess what their collaborators have drawn. An interesting aspect is that players work together to achieve a streak of correct guesses, rather than against each other -- both parties want the other to guess the drawing. Draw It doesn't offer art instruction, but it does encourage kids to think differently as they express ideas through drawings. 

Play Draw It with your kid, either as an "opponent" or as a drawing team against another player. Talk through different approaches to drawing a word.

Price: Free


Coloring Games: Painting, Glow

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Coloring Games is a free painting app for kids that is filled with fun, colorful, and creative drawing and painting tools.  There are many free coloring pages which kids can color and paint. Kids can share their painting with their family or friends. There are multiple modes the whole family can enjoy, including paint by numbers, color by numbers, doodling modes, and free coloring books of all types.

Price: Free


Caterpillar Creative Play is a drawing app for iPads that helps children learn to draw and paint. With Caterpillar Ceative Play, kids can create digital collages and drawings and create art inspired by the style of Eric Carle. 

The app lets kids explore the same techniques that Carle used as an artist, but also allows them to get creative, experiment, and discover their own style. Kids choose to create on a blank canvas or use a dotted line drawing of some of the most recognizable figures from Carle's books.

In collage mode, kids learn to choose and create a pattern with fingers, cut shapes and arrange them in layers. Kids will begin to learn about colors and shapes by choosing the color and a paintbrush or pencil in draw mode. Drawings can be saved into a frame and stored on their gallery wall. 

Price: $2.29


Draw and Tell

( iPhone, iPad )

Draw and Tell is a free drawing app designed for 3 to 9-year-olds. Kids are provided with all the tools they need for creativity, like crayons, brushes, stickers, backgrounds, patterns, stencils, and more. They will be able to create endless stories. Best of all, as they talk through their tale, the app can record their voice and make a movie from their efforts.

This award-winning app comes from the same people who are responsible for Khan Academy and other related products. Their goal is to provide all the tools parents need to educate their children. Draw and Tell is one of those apps that can really spark imagination and, for kids who love to draw and tell stories, will most certainly be a favorite in the classroom.

Price: Free


These apps are perfect for beginners and children looking to increase their already natural talent for art.