It seems as though each time I bring home a new gadget, my son appears to be just as eager to check it out. Try telling a 4 year old that the PlayBook is the “World’s First Professional Grade Tablet” and not a toy… especially when the name contains the word Play. Not to dissuade a future BlackBerry addict, I went looking for applications I could download for him. I remembered the kids applications from Zeebu Mobile Inc, such as MathGO! And SuperBabyGo! and their ability to entertain/educate children without giving them access to anything else on a BlackBerry. ArtGO Coloring is available for the PlayBook, if you’re brave enough to put the tablet into their little hands.
The application provides various backgrounds to choose from, as well as resizable animals to populate the background with. Virtual markers, pattern paints, crayons and an eraser stand at the ready; waiting to help your child’s imagination take shape. At times my Son would get frustrated with the lagging response time when scrolling through, and moving animals. The resizing option wouldn’t always work either. Nonetheless, he did enjoy painting a dog to look like a tiger (sorry, no Ligers available). There is no way that a child can draw outside of the lines with ArtGO Coloring. The PlayBook can also house a gallery of saved works of art for future bragging. Zeebu also included an option to share the image via Facebook. I’m hoping for a Twitter option at some point.
Now unlike the BlackBerry smartphone versions, your youngling can easily exit from the application and access any other program in your PlayBook. The next thing you know, they can be into the browser or your messages (if bridged). I’m pretty sure you’ll find enjoyment with colouring or drawing on your own, just make sure you at least pretend to work. You can pick up ArtGO Coloring for $3.99 from BlackBerry App World.