Drawing Apps

Drawing Apps are readily available for the iPad, iPod and iPhone and are a natural fit for a capacitative screen on a mobile device. Used for scribbling, drawing, writing, stamping or writing messages – there are many uses for drawing apps!

Here are a few of my favorite drawing apps (for different reasons):

Doodle Buddy– (Free) A favorite of many is a drawing app with stamps, stencils, backgrounds, text writing tool, brush/chalk/glitter/smudge and eraser, colors to draw with as well as choices of line thickness. One of the tools offers different backgrounds, scenes, worksheets with a maze, dots and boxes game, Tic Tac Toe and hangman worksheets. Importing photos from your library or the camera to take a picture for use in Doodle Buddy is available. Doodle Buddy is a versatile drawing app that can support writing on photo images taken within the app or imported.

Confetti – (Free) is a drawing app that features a black background with neon “confetti string” that you draw on the screen. You can draw many different string lines at a time if you are using different fingers. Settings in the app allows you to change gravity, line speed, jitter or fade out qualities using a slider. Strings float, jitter and fade away after drawn depending on your settings. It is an intriging drawing app that is some what unpredictable but interesting to see what happens with your drawing. This is more of a “sensory”  or fidget/doodle app than a “make a drawing” app in my opinion. Here is a product of a confetti string drawing (I guess you have to try the app to really appreciate it!)…

Once you draw, the “string floats, jitters around and disappears. Actually it is fun- just give it a try. Kids and adults enjoy this. Great as a real doodle tool.

Paint Sparkles Draw-my first colors HD – (Free) Paint Sparkles Draw is a great drawing app that paints with sparkles. Not only does it sparkle and paint but it plays music when you draw! Provides a very simple interface with 10 colors to draw, an eraser, easel (provides coloring pages), and trash can. Plays interesting music and sound effects when drawing and speaks the palette color you choose aloud.

Paint Sparkes Drawing is a great app for drawing and leisure. One of the students with Autism I service chooses this app frequently to scribble/draw and listen to the music. It is calming and provides great multi-sensory feedback with a simple and easy to access interface.  This is a keeper!

Skywrite – (Free)- This is an amazing app previously reviewed but worth mentioning again. Skywrite displays a plane flying through the air that follows the lines you draw. Tools provided are drawing tool, text tool , 3D tool, erase tool, music and different types of smoke and sky. Settings include the ability to hide tools when drawing. You can replay what you have drawn or pause (freeze) the flying drawing airplane. Great for making shapes, writing your name, forming letters or just doodling as a relaxation activity. Truly amazing free app! Your kids and you will love this!

These are some of my favorite drawing apps for drawing but also for doodling and calming purposes for some students. Another reason that makes the iPad’s such a valuable tool in the school district for OT’s and special education staff.

Other than, drawing, doodling and calming, what else can you do with these apps? Come back for a future post on using Doodle Buddy as well as other note taking apps for access to curriculum tasks!

If you have a favorite drawing app, please share!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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