Miss A (and I) like to colour. It’s a very therapeutic way to unwind and let your mind drift. We were recently sent some Colour Alive packs from Crayola to try out, and have been enjoying watching our pictures come alive.
Miss A chose her colours for the unicorn we’re showing in this post. I like that there is detail to the pictures which becomes apparent when using the app, but also there isn’t too much detail to put children off from completing a page.
Once you have completed your colouring page then it is ready to be brought alive with the help of the Colour Alive app.
With the app open, you have to line up the colouring page with the tablet. I have an older iPad 2 which is a little heavier than some of the more recent versions, so Miss A did struggle to line everything up, and then hold it with one hand to be able to interact, as once the image has misaligned then the app defaults back to the home screen.
The app allows the user to interact in two different ways. You can choose to add sparkle and effects to your picture, or you can opt to see your image in 4D.
Miss A loved the sparkling images she could add to her designs. I think this would appeal to a lot of little girls, but when we realised we could make the image come out to play as it were, then the fun really began. Once the unicorn in this case arrived on screen, Miss A was able to interact with it with her fingers on the screen to play with the image. She could also opt to take a snap shot of the image too which we could save.
Colour Alive from Crayola is suitable for children age four and over. I think this age range is a good fit due to the colouring in the lines, and also being able to hold the tablet to be able to interact with the image as well. Priced at around £8 per set, the range is available in designs of Mythical Creatures, Barbie, Enchanted Forest, and Skylanders, so there is something to suit all.
We were really impressed with this as a gift idea as even when you have finished the colouring book, the imagination and playability doesn’t stop.
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