Whether it's for educational purposes, or just to keep your children occupied, you can't go wrong with letting them use a drawing app on your phone or a shared table. Maybe they even have their own "phone" that only stays in the house or has their favorite videos and apps loaded up. Regardless of how you entertain your children, there's an app for everything, and these are the best drawing apps for kids today!

Digital Magic Drawing Board: Kids Doodle

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The first thing that you may notice when checking out Kids Doodle is how the app icon looks like those "Magic Drawing Boards" from your younger years. This app offers different 24 different brushes, all using the black background, and these include the likes of "glow," "neon," or "crayon." Plus, there's a "movie mode," which will let your children's artwork turn into a movie you can save to reminisce about.

Free w/ Ads at Google Play

Learn the basics: ABC DRAW

ABC DRAW is a "game" that is more educational than it is just a doodling app, but this app helps to teach your little ones the alphabet along with drawing simple objects. The app is designed so that it doesn't turn learning into a chore but makes the process fun while keeping your kids occupied.

Free w/ IAP at Google Play

Not just for doodles: Drawing for Kids

Some apps just let your children doodle and draw, but that can get boring, and their attention span may not last that long. Drawing for Kids helps to combat that a slew of extra features, such as a built-in coloring book, and activities to help them to develop essential skills. The interface is extremely simple and easy to use, and you'll be able to save your children's work if you'd like.

Free w/ IAP at Google Play

A step up: Kids Paint

Instead of just offering a blank canvas with a few brush and color options, Kids Paint turns things up slightly, by giving your kids more tools at their disposal. There is a color palette and brush selection tool at the bottom, along with additional tools in the top bar. Then, all of the drawings are saved in a gallery, allowing your kids to start, pause, and pick up something later.

Free at Google Play

A digital chalkboard: Slate for Kids Paint & Color

As the name suggests, Slate for Kids gives your children a blank slate that looks like a chalkboard for them to interact with and draw on. There are white and black "Slates" to choose from, and your children won't have to worry about being stuck with just the plain old white chalk. Best of all, there won't be any messes to clean up from when it comes to chalk dust, and your kids can still have fun.

Free w/ Ads at Google Play

Plenty of coloring: Coloring and drawing for kids

The difference between this app and others is the number of coloring pages and how the tools are displayed. There are more than 120 different coloring pages, along with eight different theme packs for your children to have fun with. As for the tool pallet, you'll find that it features large icons and plenty of tools to let your child's imagination roam free.

Free w/ IAP at Google Play

For your princess: Kids Drawing Games

Freehand drawing can be fun, but what if your little one could trace some pictures and watch as they come to life? That's what you'll find with this app, along with some gentle background music to help your kids keep their focus. And as you would expect, there are some built-in parental tools to help keep your kids playing the games they should be and not wandering elsewhere.

Free w/ IAP at Google Play

Teaching children: Simple line drawing for kids

If you've ever been asked to draw something, only not to know where to start (outside of a stick figure), then Simple Line Drawing for Kids will help you and the little ones. There are plenty of different templates and drawings to follow, and then once they've been completed, your kids can have some more fun by coloring them in.

Free w/ Ads at Google Play

Come to life: Doodle | Magic Joy

Doodle | Magic Joy is pretty awesome for children who may get bored with just doodling, and not being able to make everything look uniform. There is a freestyle mode, but there's also a "Mirror Doodle Way" so that everything drawn on one side of the picture will appear the same way on the other side. Then, your kids can press the "Play" button and watch their butterfly come to life.

Free w/ IAP at Google Play

Imaginations roaming free

Simply type the phrase "kids drawing app" in the Play Store, and you'll likely be instantly overwhelmed. But once you start poking through the different drawing apps, you'll find that there are some great, fun, and useful options to download. Our favorite is Kids Doodle thanks to the reminder of the Magic Drawing Board from when we were kids. Plus, you can't really go wrong with having more than 20 different brushes and colors to choose from and that "movie mode" turns your kids' drawings into a movie right in front of their eyes.

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Those looking to give their children a bit more than just a blank slate, and maybe let them learn a thing or two will want to check out ABC DRAW. This app will help to teach your toddlers about the alphabet, along with mixing in a few games to keep them occupied for as long as you want. With an easy-to-use tool palette and the ability to learn the alphabet along with tracing animals and other objects, this will be a great go-to app for some time.