4/10/2011

Review and Giveaway- Color it by Numbers

After I received my Bachelor's in Art Education I wanted to pursue my Master's in Computer Education. I decided that I wanted to get my feet wet teaching children the computer. Already knowledgeable in the subject matter, and having taken a few classes on computer technology with my undergrad study, I landed a job teaching preschoolers (3 and 4 year olds) computer classes in a local day care. You may be thinking "Four year old computer classes? That's crazy! But, three year old computer classes are absurd!" Yes and no. Depending on the right software, child-friendly computer equipment, and support from an adult, teaching 3 and 4 years old how to use the computer can be a fulfilling, educational experience.

My almost 3 year old and 5 year old (as well as myself) were given the opportunity to review the Color it by Numbers series found at http://www.coloritbynumbers.com/. My children were hooked the minute I downloaded the three programs. We were able to review the Color it by Numbers Animals, Princesses and Vehicles.



There are three coloring methods to choose from in the Color it by Numbers series; 'color it by numbers',' color it to make visible', and 'color it in your favorite colors'. The first challenge I presented to my children was the 'color it by numbers' method. My thoughts? Honestly, I wish I had this program when I taught preschool students! I was intrigued with the fact that they had to understand what color relates to what number and had to correctly select the coordinating area on the image. If the child accidentally (or intentionally) attempts to fill in the incorrect number, the correct paint tube (color) then gives a wiggle to let the child know that they need to select another color.

I then had my five year old give the 'color it to make visible' method a whirl. This method definitely presented more of a challenge to him (which is what I liked). After, they both were then able to creatively "play" by selecting the 'coloring it in their [your] favorite colors' method. My thoughts? I liked how the 'color it to make visible' method stepped it up a notch and added a challenge by having the child to paint in the various pieces in order to see the image. At any given time, you can chose not to have the numbers. However, I feel that this option takes away from the main goal of the 'color it to make visible' method. The Color it in Your Favorite Colors added a personal touch to each of the 20 images that are included under each theme.

Bottom line? I believe that Color it by Numbers software is a great tool to introduce young children to. I think that it presents an interesting way to introduce number and color recognition as well as fine tuning mouse control (a fine motor skill). From my experience teaching children preschool through 8th grade computer education, I would say that this is best suited for children preschool to grade 2. It would be fun for children above that learning level; however, it has more of an educational impact to younger children. I would have purchased this for my computer education classes for preschool and Kindergarten. It's also priced right- only $9.99 per theme (includes 20 images and three methods to color). You can try it out for yourself with a limited download at Color it by Numbers.com!

Technicalities: All three themes are cross-platform for download for Windows, Mac Os X and Linux; is equipped for multi-languages (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian); adapted for all screen resolutions (which is what I appreciate); and the picture is automatically saved after exiting the program.

Giveaway:
Want to win all three Color it by Numbers themes (animals, princesses and vehicles)? The winner of this giveaway will win three serial numbers to unlock the three downloaded FULL versions of Color it by Number software programs.  Enter below for a chance to win all three serial numbers for 60 coloring images of educational fun! 

Rules! Every entry is made as a separate comment. Please include your first name and email address with each entry. The contest will run for two weeks and end on *Monday, April 25, 2011 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be announced on *Tuesday, April 26, 2011 using Random.org and will have 48 hours to contact me. If the winner does not contact me during the required time, a new winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Here is how to enter:

Mandatory Entry: Tell me who the Color it by Numbers series will be for. (1 entry)

Extra Entries:
1 Entry- Follow Classified: Mom on Google Friend Connect
1 Entry- "Like" Classified: Mom on Facebook
1 Entry- Follow Classified: Mom on Twitter
2 Entries- Subscribe to my Newsletter
1 Entry- Follow Color it by Numbers on Twitter
1 Entry- Like Color it by Numbers on Facebook
Tweet about this review and giveaway- 1 Entry per day. Leave a link.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was given all three serial numbers to review the full versions of the Color it by Numbers series (animals, princesses and vehicles). All opinions are my own.
*Please note that the contest was extended by 1 day due to the Easter Holiday.


7 comments:

  1. Sounds like a really fun program! I would love this for my girls - they love to color and paint on my phone apps & this would be so much better than that!

    Bernadette - bern425(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I already proudly follow you on GFC!

    Bernadette - bern425(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. I follow on FB as well!

    Bernadette - bern425(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Yes, I follow you on Twitter too :)

    Bernadette - bern425(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. This would be for my granddaughter.

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