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Product Details: The Painting Lulu Digital Crayon provides a “real crayon-like” drawing experience on smartphones and tablets. Available in seven colors! Compatible with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Galaxy and many more. Painting Lulu Digital Crayon can be also used with the Painting Lulu coloring app for Android, Apple and Amazon devices. To get the free app, simply scan the QR code located on the front of the package using any QR scanner app. The Painting Lulu coloring app offers many great drawings, painting tools and much more. It’s that easy! Use the digital crayon on the Painting Lulu app, pick a drawing, and color away!
MSRP: $13.99 ($6.99 on Amazon at the time I’m writing this.)
Personal Experience: I was given the opportunity to try the Painting Lulu Digital Crayon in exchange for my unbiased opinion. As a mom of a child that loves to play on his tablet, it was something I was curious to try. The crayon comes in a variety of colors, but I chose the basic black.
The size of the stylus is similar to the large toddler crayons used for smaller hands. The touch-sensitive material is located on the top and the base of the crayon. It is styled to look a lot like a typical crayon.
Xander took to it immediately. It has been a great way to encourage his drawing skills and we have seen improvement in even his hard copy coloring books. It has also given Xander practice with holding pencils and crayons properly. He’s using it to trace and write letters and numbers in other apps. It has greatly improved his writing… to the point that he wrote his name for the first time!
Painting Lulu also has a coloring app that includes a space to draw freely as well as coloring pages. It’s a pretty basic coloring app, but it does have the ability to scan coloring pages from Painting Lulu books. The app is free. I find that Xander prefers to use some of his other educational and coloring apps with the crayon.
The small size did make it a bit difficult to keep track of the crayon. I think it was temporarily lost about a dozen times the first week. I think it would be great if there was something added to make it possible to attach to a device… much like typical styluses have a spot to attach a chain or cord.
The tip of the stylus got pressed in several times when being used. I think it was mainly when Xander pressed too hard. Most times it popped back out pretty easily, but a few times I had to (gently) dig the tip back out with a paperclip.
Overall, I think it is a budget-friendly little device that works well in today’s world of toddlers and electronics. It allows families to take advantage of the convenience of digital devices, but keeps children practiced in real writing and drawing skills that are essential for development. Would be a great stocking stuffer or party favor!
Pros: A more natural coloring experience that encourages writing skills.
Cons: The tip gets pushed in easily. Small size makes it easily misplaced.