For the iGeneration, coloring books do so much more than color. After showcasing last week's coloring book app for grown-ups, we knew couldn't neglect the new products aimed at artists-in-training. Digital coloring books are bringing many innovations to kids' creativity. Though coloring is still the main entertainment, today's iPad apps offer additional activities to engage young minds and inspire artistic play. Some apps talk and giggle, others let kids customize their creation with mix-and-match accessories before coloring. As a bonus for parents, they are also a great way to keep kids occupied while you're out to dinner.
Although many in this new crop of creative apps turn off social sharing features for safety reasons, they still allow parents to share their child's creations by saving to the iPad photo library or sending an email to proud grandparents, aunts and uncles.
My Pony Coloring Book from Dress Up and Girl Games starts the creativity engine before the "crayons" even come out. Prior to coloring, kids can create their own pony pictures with this app. They can choose from lots of different options for the mane, tale and decorations on the pony. By mixing and matching ponies and backgrounds, there are nearly limitless variations to color.