December 12, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, California - Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure, an app developed by user-experience designer Michelangelo Capraro to encourage his own son to make art on touchscreen tablets, receives a free updated with new pages, characters, and animation.
"As graphic designers, my wife and I spend much of our time using computers to create things," said Kidoodle Apps founder Michelangelo Capraro. "We were really conscious about our child getting sucked into addictive smartphone and tablet games or endless video watching on the iPad. We wanted a more creative digital experience for him and other kids, something that would encourage their imaginations and get them to create things rather than blow things up."
A Newsweek article about the creativity crisis amongst children in the US spurred Michelangelo to start Kidoodle Apps, an app development company to develop iPad and Android apps centered on creativity-building in children. Michelangelo's goal was to design something that encourages children to exercise their problem solving and imaginative skills by thinking and drawing rather than coloring in a pre-drawn, already-perfected character.
The husband and wife team landed on the idea of a doodle book, where children complete a drawing that's already been started for them, in any way they choose. Two young animated hosts of the app, Oscar and Josephine, encourage children to draw burly pirates, pirate ships, sea monsters, and other pirate-themed elements. Once the child is ready to move to the next page, their drawing comes to life and is incorporated into a bigger animated scene.
In the new update, children's drawings become animated along with drawings the children made on previous pages. Parents and children are often surprised to see characters they created several pages earlier, return in new and delightful ways. There are now 16 animated pages that are included with the app.
The app has received tremendous responses from reviewers and families alike, including an Editor's Choice Award from bestappsforkids.com, a recommendation from Wired Magazine's GeekMom site, a feature as Parenting Magazine's Screen Play App of the Week, and the Best Entertainment App Award in the Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony. The app has also found use in encouraging children with learning difficulties or diagnosed with autism to draw, communicate, and exercise not only their imaginations but their motor skills as well.
Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure is compatible with iPad, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet, Sony Tablet S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" and 10", and other large-screen Android tablets. It requires iOS 4.0 or later, or Android 2.2 and higher.
Pricing and Availability:
Pirate Scribblebeard's Treasure is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available now worldwide in the Educational Game section of the iTunes App Store, the Google Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK store.
Kidoodle Apps makes art activity apps for kids that are especially designed for the new generation of touchable gadgets like the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Xoom, Nook and others. These apps engage your child's imagination and help to exercise those creative skills in fun and magical ways. Copyright (C) 2011 Kidoodle Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.