By Kristi Palma
Reviewing: 123 Color HD: Talking Coloring Book
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Price: 99 cents
Should you get it? Yes!
What's better than a musical coloring book? How about a musical coloring book complete with virtual stickers? It's certainly a winning combination in my household this summer as my kids ask over and over, "Can I color on the iPad?"
My 3-year-old daughter Paige is obsessed with this app. And her brother Jack, 5, likes it, too. It's a color-by-number (or letter) book, complete with music, sound effects, stickers, and more. Her picture of choice this summer? A gingerbread house set to "Jingle Bells."
She's having fun. But she's also learning numbers, letters, shapes, and geography (you can color a world map). You can also change the language the app uses to confirm your choices. There are plenty of coloring pages to choose from that are fun (bugs, castles, dragons) and educational (shapes, countries). The pages have a color palette along the bottom with 30 colors. You can choose sound effects that ring out each time you touch the page (my son's favorite is the robot one).
My daughter always chooses Christmas music, but you can set the app to play other types of music as you color, including ragtime, carousel, and more. You can save, e-mail, or print the pictures too. I wish my beloved color-by-number books as a child had this many perks!
Besides the color-by-number options, the app offers blank pages where you can draw something from scratch and also photos of animals and nature scenes that you can scribble on. And then there are the stickers. This is what my son loves best. He enjoys turning a blank page into a sticker-filled masterpiece.
Paige has dabbled in many of the pages, but overwhelmingly chooses the gingerbread house. When I asked her why, she said simply, "Because I loooove Christmas!"
Well, I can hardly argue with that.