More Step by Step Drawing Apps

Step by step drawing apps reviewed in the post dated 12/20/2011 listed two apps that were appropriate for young elementary school students when learning to draw. A comment from Margaret Rice (thank you!) suggested the app Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure as more creative option for step by step drawing for students. Here is the suggested app as well as a few more apps I have found that provide step by step method of drawing for young learners:

 Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure – From Kidoodle apps , is a drawing and interactive app allowing children to be creative with their drawing and write about the images in the app.This app is available for iPad and Android for $.99 for iPad and is reviewed in the video below.

  Learning to Draw is Fun –  Available for iPad (lite version is free, $1.99 for full version) this step by step drawing app provides 4 steps to create 40 simple drawings. The app provides the step instructions presented above a drawing palette for children to copy each component free hand.

When completed the productions can be painted, printed or emailed. Simple format and instructions with basic shapes used in the drawings, gear this app to young learners including preschool to early elementary aged artists.

 Drawing for Kids – A step by step drawing app with 30 different images to drawing using 6 different steps to completion. The app introduces a new component to copy at the top of the screen with a palette to copy the shape below.

This app provides the option of a tracing componet to be added to the drawing palette if additional scaffolding is needed during the drawing process. For final production, printing or emailing are options to print the drawing. Available for iPad for $1.99 for full version or Lite to sample a few drawings.

 iDoodle Card – Mentioned in a previous post, this app provides simple visual motor tasks and simple drawing activities that support young students in the drawing process. Available free for iPad only.

iLuv Drawing – Reviewed in an earlier post also provides step by step drawing by tracing over existing lines provided in a sequential method.

A few other options:

  • Locate your favorite step by step hard copy worksheets of step by step drawing directions (if legally reproducible) and take a picture of the worksheets with your iPad2. Store the photos is an Album in your Photos app on your iPad you can present the pictures as a model for students to copy from your mobile iTool kit (iPad).
  • Locate websites that supply you with step by step drawing instructions. One such website is Drawing for If Wi-Fi is always readily available to you, bookmark the website or add it to your home screen for easy access. If Wi-Fi is not consistently available, take a screenshot (press home button and power button simultaneously – stores a photo of the screen in Photos) of the webpage(s) (if legally reproducible) and organize them in an Album in your Photos. You can present the photos of the step by step instructions to your students for them to can copy and draw on hard copy. Drawing for has free, reproducible, 6 step instructions for drawing animals . They have extensive step by step instructions on over 80 animals on their website.  Here is an example of their instructions:

  • Use Doodle Buddy to have students draw their step by step animals from a hard copy picture on an iPad and save and print the production.

Your iPad or iPod Touch camera is a wonderful way to store electronic worksheets and data on your mobile device. Here is another way your iPad2 can be your mobile toolkit!

Just a few more tips and tricks for your OT iTool kit!


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 More Step by Step Drawing Apps

  1. I love this idea of scanning in your favorite step by step drawing pictures to store in the iPad. I do like the novelty of using the ipad to practice drawing but I have to admit the drawing does lack a bit compared to “real life”. Perhaps if I had an expensive drawing stylus I would be more impressed. I do like the idea of using the step by step drawing apps to get children engaged and interested in drawing. The ease of drawing and speed of coloring offers quick motivation. Want to check out the idoodle card – missed the free period though. Appears it is $0.99. I think I will test it out. Thanks for your great blog!

    • The iPad2 is so handy for gathering digital information – you don’t have to scan just take a picture your favorite materials, granted that they are legally reproducible, and create an album in your Photos icon or app on your iDevice. You will have your own album of step by step drawings. Once they are in an album you can present them like a slide show, step by step. Our tech savy paras figured that out and now use it almost like a first then or step by step visual sequence of activities or tasks for some of our ASD students- all in albums in the Photos icon. What a great idea. Collective minds are so powerful!!


      • Do wish I had the iPad2 – no camera on mine…

        Great idea to collect many step by step directions – cooking instructions, dressing skills, routines. All personalized with photos and it does not take long. There are some simple apps to organize photos in this manner with voice.

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