What should I draw, mom? This app has the answer.

As the proud mama of a shiny new iPad, I’ve managed to keep my kidlets’ touch screen-seeking fingertips off. Now I’m not sure I want to. Blame it on What Should I Draw? an HD iPad app that brings together Mad Libs and drawing in an epic mashup.

Not only does this one give kids drawing media, but suggestions on what to draw. Four splotches of paint in the first screen reveal a suggestion in adjective, color, animal and verb form–we got smart, yellow, whale, flying a kite. The third screen offers up a blank canvas with a rainbow of paint buckets that let kids make colorful, one-fingered doodles to their heart’s content. The app then takes that doodle and saves it in a website gallery where you can save, upload or see how your offspring’s artistry looks on a mug or tee.

And anything that nixes all that but-moooom-I-don’t-know-what-to-draw whining right off the bat gets props from me. -Pilar

You can purchase What Should I Draw? in iTunes for $2.99 (worth it!) and access the artwork website for free.


Pilar is a self-proclaimed geek mom, writer, Play-Doh artist, travel hound, and avid photographer.


  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Laila @OnlyLaila

    Cute! I am always looking for new apps for my son.

  • Reply November 18, 2011


    I’m sorry to throw a bucket of water on this one, but this app sounds AWFUL!!! At least that first screen you describe, where 4 splodges of paint direct the child what to draw. When a child wonders what to draw (also when a child complains of feeling bored)is the moment when their imaginations can be nurtured and developed. Instead, this app offers instant gratification and sidesteps the crucial step of activating the imagination. Next time your child “whines” that she doesn’t know what to draw, tell her to open her open her eyes and ears to the world around her and find her inspiration there!

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    Reply November 18, 2011

    Cool Mom Picks

    One of our favorite ever art assignments is turning a splodge or a scribble into something else. The way we see it, inspiration comes in many forms. Your suggestions are lovely too.

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