One of the things we’re excited about going into 2013 is the growing number of children’s apps that use the iPhone or iPad’s camera, getting kids to look at the real world as part of their digital play.
We discovered two new examples this month, which go well together. First: Eye Paint Animals from developer Curious Hat, which encourages children to “paint with the camera capturing colours, patterns and textures around you”.
This involves completing a series of illustrations by tapping on the screen, and taking a photo of something to capture its colour and pattern for use in the picture.
It’s the kind of thing that can be hard to explain, so here’s a teaser video explaining how it works:
It’s a great idea, and one that reminds us of the camera feature in Toca Boca’s excellent Toca Tailor app, which was released recently. Eye Paint Animals costs 69p on the App Store, and runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The second app is called Just Colors by a company called Appracadabra. Here, the idea is to “go on a colour hunt and create your own colour guide… From a yellow bus to a chocolate brown kitten – your kids create their own colour guide by snapping pictures of colourful objects.”
So, they wander around discovering 23 colours, based on flash cards, although they can create their own too. We like the idea that the app is designed to be used not just by kids on their own (although they can), but also by you and your child together.
Just Colors will normally cost £1.49 on the App Store, but it’s currently on a special offer for 69p. It runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and here’s its trailer video: