Entertain your kids with these coloring apps for your iPhone or iPad.
While arts and crafts are a great way to encourage your child’s creativity, they often take a long time due to the setup and cleaning involved. Lucky for parents, technology has grown beyond clutter with these amazing iPad and iPhone apps, created to help your child learn and play in a safe, fun, and clean way!
If you want to cheer on your little Picasso without encouraging clutter, try these iOS or iPadOS coloring apps developed especially for kids.
1. Baby coloring book for kids
Baby Coloring Book for Kids is the perfect app for young artists and those who are just starting their coloring journey. The designs are extremely basic and result in easy and straightforward coloring book options for your child.
The app offers more than 135 coloring pages divided into several categories such as animals, aliens and princesses. The color options also include printed designs, making it a fun and creative coloring app for you and your baby.
Download: Baby coloring book for kids (free and in-app purchases)
2. Disney Coloring World
If your child can’t get enough of Frozen but you can’t stand the idea of listening to “Let it Go”, try downloading Disney Coloring World instead. This app gives your child access to hundreds of Disney designs, including all of their favorite Disney princesses, Pixar characters and more.
The app offers a lot of color and pattern options. If your kid is bored of constant coloring, the app also includes an amazing sticker section, so you and your baby can have fun recreating all their favorite scenes.
Disney Coloring World can also be used with Apple Pencil, helping to teach your child extra dexterity.
Download: Disney coloring world (free trial, subscription required)
3. Creating and Reading Crayola
Crayola has long been considered the king of children’s art supplies, and it’s no surprise that the Crayola Create and Play app is just as fun as the physical products. Crayola has plenty of app options, but the Create and Play app is Crayola’s ultimate coloring companion.
This app features real Crayola products, such as their pencils and markers, so your child can feel like coloring in real life. With the Crayola Create and Play app, you can clean up that giant craft supplies area in your home because everything you need is in the app.
Your child can choose from classic coloring options, interactive worlds and games. The entertainment is endless!
Download: Crayola Create and Play (free trial, subscription required)
4. Joy Doodle: Color and design from the movie
Growing up means going beyond some of the basic coloring books that keep toddlers and toddlers entertained. Joy Doodle is a bright and exciting coloring app that features neon color schemes and dark black backgrounds to create an intense and alternative color scheme.
This app features over 20 different brush styles adding an abundance of excitement to the drawing. It doesn’t feature coloring pictures in the lines, but instead encourages you to doodle to encourage creativity.
After you complete a drawing, you can watch a movie of it being drawn over and over again.
Download: Joy Doodle (free and premium version available)
5. Marvel Color yours
If your child dreams of being the next major superhero, let their creativity run wild with the Marvel Color Your Own app. This app is filled with hundreds of Marvel designs featuring characters from the most popular movies and comics, such as Captain America, Spider-Man, and the entire Avengers team.
This app is compatible with iPad and Apple Pencil, which means your child will feel like a real cartoon artist with every stroke of the brush.
Download: Marvel Color Your Own (free trial, subscription required)
6. Pixel Art
Pixel Art is the perfect app to keep kids entertained while they wait for a date. This app is extremely touch sensitive which is useful when using your finger to paint by numbers.
This app has hundreds of templates for you to explore, covering everything from breakfast items to bears. It even includes exciting 3D paint by number options to really bring your creation to life. Kids will love the calming feel that comes from paint by numbers and the beautiful colors provided by Pixel Art.
Download: Pixel Art (free and premium version available)
7. Toonia Colorbook
Toonia provides an extremely quiet platform for your child’s coloring needs. The relaxing music and the background ambience combine perfectly with the simple and beautiful coloring designs. The simple patterns and pictures make this the perfect app to help your baby learn colors and shapes.
The multi-touch sensor adjustment means you and your baby can work together on one piece and feel accomplished in your work together. There are over 160 designs with over 100 colors to choose from, so you can try a new design multiple times.
8. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets
Crayola has developed an incredibly creative way for your child to learn colors and cleaning simultaneously. Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets app is a very creative coloring game.
The free app allows your child to select one of 30 creatures to adopt. They can then color the animal as they wish, with different colors and effects. Once they’re done playing, it’s time to clean up!
The second part of the app includes washing the new animal at the groomers before creating a new design! Once everyone is cleaned up, start over and over again!
Download: Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets (free)
Install the screen
It is amazing that kids these days can play with arts and crafts and explore their creativity from anywhere and anytime. All they have to do is open their parent’s iPad or iPhone and suddenly every color and design imaginable is available with one click.
But too much screen time can quickly become a problem, especially with such exciting apps and devices. If you’re looking to get your kids out of the iPad and bring them back to the real world, there are plenty of kid-friendly arts, crafts, and activities you can try out.