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Just for Kids: Crayola Virtual Design Pro Review

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A little departure from the usual crafty sewing posts to share this cool little thing we got in the mail recently. Long ago I was a contributor to hdydi.com, which is a blog for and by twin moms. I ended up on a list at Crayola and they sent these kits out to bloggers with kids. Here’s our little review. Full disclosure, I was not paid for my review, though Crayola did send a box with two different products for us. We received the Crayola Color Alive Star Wars Virtual Design Pro and Crayola Frozen Color Alive. (Affiliate links.)

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First of all, this kid would love ANYTHING Star Wars. I know, I have tested it. Soup? Yep. Cereal? Also Yep. Waxy mediocre Valentine chocolate hearts in a Storm Trooper tin? You Betcha! So of course as soon as he saw this he was ecstatic.

He set to work right away coloring and designing his ships. The general idea is you can color the ships and scan them into an app, which transfers your design and you can fly your vehicle through different levels.

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The Star Wars kit came with both markers and colored pencils, and I was happy to see the books had nice thick paper so markers didn’t bleed though to the back.

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When you’re done coloring, you scan your design into the Virtual Design App, which is a free download for iOS and Android devices. I really wish it worked on the boys’ Kindles, since I would love if I didn’t have to hand over my phone for them to play.

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Once scanned, you can see the details of your coloring, wrapped onto the ship you colored. My only real complaint about the whole process is in the scanning. You have to line up all four corners, there are squares you have to match and every time we got three of four and the fourth was tricky, and took a while and I think just dumb luck. I tried different lighting and flattening out the book and I didn’t notice much of a difference. I do know the kids couldn’t do it themselves, we had to help.

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You can see how cool the ships look in the game. The boys loved playing it and designing ships. If it were on their device instead of mine I think they would play with it all the time.

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The other thing in the box was the Frozen Color Alive set, which they weren’t as into as the Star Wars. I decided to try it out myself. I maybe should have picked a picture with more color, since while Olaf is cute, he’s pretty white. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I colored the castle and snowflakes, but they don’t really do anything for the app. You can see how my Olaf came to life. He was kind of weird though, he seemed to give me the stink eye at one point, or maybe it was my imagination. I think my kids would have been more interested in this one if they were into the characters more. They like Frozen OK, but aren’t huge fans like they are of Star Wars.

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Overall, I think both of the products are cool and I would definitely recommend them to people with kids. They add another level of fun to coloring and my boys liked experimenting with how things would look when they were scanned into the app. If they could use their Kindle Fire instead of my iPhone or iPad, that would be even better!

Thank you to Crayola for including our family!

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