Step by Step Drawing App

In my years of OT work with students, intervention for improving visual motor skills included many activities. When needing to support students ability to produce artwork in classroom projects or in art class using step by step drawing tasks focusing on production of people, animals and objects using basic shapes in a sequential fashion. One of my pre-digital favorite resources for step by step drawing were the books by Ed Emberly who created his Big Orange, Big Green, Big Purple and more books that displayed step by step instructions of animals, insects and other things kids would be drawing (and because I can’t draw either). Although those still are great resources (if you find them in the library they are among the tattered, frequently used and loved books), of course there are also an apps for that providing step by step drawing instruction.

iLuv Drawing – Made by Learn with Fun Apps has created this step by step drawing app that is created with easy tools in a simple tracing format with audio instructions. Currently free, this app provides instruction for drawing 40 different animals using crayons, markers and other tools. Easy to use with a step by step method and audio of creating a digital picture, this app can be used for preschool through early elementary aged students.

iLuv Drawing also allow you to email your creations for printing and sharing. Here is a great review of iLuv Drawing from Technology in (Spl) Education  . Available for iPad only.

Learn with Fun Apps also is the developer of the iLuv Drawing Santa app previously reviewed in an earlier posting on holiday apps. With the same kind of step by step drawing instructions, this app provides great seasonal visual motor activities with models of christmas tree, snowman and bell and other season items to draw through the winter months. Made for the iPad and also currently free!

These apps are a great addition to your OT itool kit and free helps you fill your tool kit without emptying your pocket book! What a great gift! Thank you Learn with Fun Apps!

PS- Learn with Fun Apps also have some maze apps I haven’t trialed but would be worth checking out from experience with iLuv Drawing apps!

Happy Holidays!


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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3 Responses to Step by Step Drawing App

  1. Tested this app out – can’t say I love it maybe it is a like. I only tested the Santa one out so far. The reason why I don’t love it is the end result. It is a little hard to get an accurate line on any drawing program so it is not a reflection on this app, especially with my big fingers. So I had some kids test it out. they liked it for speed – you were able to draw Santa much faster on the iPad. They also liked the coloring in feature. I could see using it like an Ed Emberly book – how about have the kids follow the steps but draw on paper? I think the end result would look better. Just my two cents. Have you seen Pirate Scribblebeard? I like this one because it is more open ended if the child could draw and not trace. But I love the end result where when completed there is some animation to your drawings.
    Happy Holidays to you!

    • Thank you for the suggestion. Pirate Scribblebeard certainly looks like another option for drawing. Here is another app that is similar in a lite version to test out that also has simple step by step instructions that students copy, not trace to create a simple shape. It presents the step by step model at the top of the screen with area to copy it below: Learning to Draw is Fun. One of many puzzle, mazes and tanagram apps by Alexandre Minard. She has a few lite ones to trial.

      Thank you!

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