I have less success getting my little ones to eat cartoon inspired sugar bomb cereal than an inanimate box of crayons does to mesmerize them into their zombie-like mode to munch, bite, eat, and swallow any colored object wrapped in gaudy paper. Crayons should be a part of every pre-schoolers life. Especially if they’re digital crayons on the family Mac.
Digital Crayons, Digital Coloring Book
Even our kindergarten eldest loves crayons, but thankfully she’s no longer interested in tasting them. Her trying to keep the colors inside the lines is a milestone much appreciated.
For the younger two, I pulled the last crayons from the their hands and teeth and provided them with the Mac and Crayon Maestro.
No, Maestro isn’t a word they understand, so the icon artwork is aimed at parents (we do the buying anyway). But kids understand crayons, whether in the hand or on the screen.
Crayon Maestro is a Mac app crayon simulator. My bad. What I thought I was getting was a digital crayon coloring book. With lines. Uh uh. It’s like a coloring book with blank white pages.
The tools are easy enough for a three-year-old. Point and click and draw. Drawings are automatically saved to your Mac’s Pictures folder.
The tools are self explanatory, but not necessarily for children. Hold the mouse pointer over a tool for instructions.
Considering the price tag is cheaper than real crayons, Crayon Maestro is a bargain.
The Sidebar of tools and color palette can be removed, and the Mac’s drawing screen becomes full screen.
Click one of the 1, 2, 3 buttons at the bottom of the tool and color palette and get more colors. Guess what? Crayon Maestro is easy and fun. Even for adults trying to impress their children.
Among the tools is a smudge tool which makes a drawing look a bit like watercolor, which I used to love but would never allow my children to use ever, ever, ever (they eat crayons for crying out loud; what would they do with water colors and a paint brush; you think the cat is mean now!)
Nicely done, inexpensive, and an app that just screams for an iPad version. Fortunately, there’s both an iPad and iPhone version available.