Being an avid Android user, and relentless searcher, I spend a LOT of time on my phone. Naturally, my children, who want to be just like their daddy (their hero), have grown very interested and often ask if they may use my phone. At two and three years old, I always get nervous when they do as a lot can happen with twenty little fingers roaming about. Consequently, I began to search the Android Market for kid-friendly applications and games. That’s when I came across what has become my children’s all time favorite application: Zebra Paint by Peter Dornbach.
This simple application is a flood-fill painting app that lets young children (or adults, I suppose) explore colors and art by filling in line drawings with the colors of their choosing. With 48 colors and 24 kid-friendly designs, Zebra Paint is like a miniature reusable coloring book you carry with you. You can even save the completed masterpieces to the SD Card as images.
In addition to being a great way to let your kids have fun (safely) with your phone, it also works great to keep them occupied in case of “emergencies” like long waits at the doctor’s office, the post office, or anywhere else.
Upon opening the application you are presented with a randomly selected design and a base selection of colors adorns the left side of the screen. From here you can begin your masterpiece by choosing a color (press the palette button for more colors) then touching a region of the picture to fill it. After completion just hit Menu then New (or Save, if you are hoping to be the next Picasso).
I’m not going to lie, this app is probably not very high on the average Android user’s list of applications to install, but for those of us with children itching to use our phones, it can be a godsend. And with a price tag of FREE, it is hard not to at least give it a try.
- This application has a really simple (but polished) interface that makes it easy for even young children to operate it unassisted.
- The number of colors and designs included allow children to come up with countless combinations and have fun with it time and time again.
- It is completely free, and has no advertisements for your children to accidentally press and leave the application.
- Sometimes the color you want just isn’t in the available colors, so it would be nice to be able to choose custom colors via a color wheel or similar.
- Some sort of content channel where users could download new designs would extend this application’s utility even further in the long run.