Monthly Archives: April 2011

Google Image Chart Editor

I love to travel.  So it wouldn’t surprise you, now would it, if I said that I want to visit every state in the Union?  I didn’t think so.

I was so delighted to find Google’s Image Chart Tool Editor.  Using that little editor, I made this little map in a matter of minutes.  It shows all of the states that I have visited.

Guess I need to visit the eastern United States, huh?  (Help me convince my husband . . . )

This image chart tool does more than create nifty maps.  You can create bar charts, pie charts, Venn diagrams, line charts, QR codes (whatever they are!), radar charts, and Google-o-meter charts.

Wanna check it out?  I thought you might.  Here’s the place to go:

http://imagecharteditor.appspot.com/

You can make your own or use one that has already been created.  This is a pretty cool place!  Go there and spend some time playing, creating, and having fun.

Doodle Buddy

So I got an app for the iPad for the little kiddos.  Of course I had to try it out to see if it was appropriate for them.  Of course.  What I didn’t expect was that I would be so enthralled that I didn’t want to let the kids have the iPad to play with the app.  Shame on me!

The app that had me so captivated was Doodle Buddy. It is a drawing app.

You can have a blank screen for your drawing.  Or, you can have backgrounds such as a beach scene, a brick wall, a winter scene with a snowman, a mountain, a sand dune, a or a barnyard. Or, you can import one of your own photos.  Sweet!

Here are two pictures — one using the barnyard scene and one using the a beach scene.

You can add stamp designs to your background: smiley faces, a frog, lady bug, daisy, soccer ball, footprints, jack-o-lantern, snowman, gingerbread man, car, teddy bear, fish, dog, or cat.  Every time you use a stamp,  there’s a fun sound.

When you first download the app, you get Doodle Bucks to get more packs — more stencils, patterns, dinosaurs, cars, a princes pack, space pack robot stencil, bugs, flowers, Christmas trees.

It also has a few stencils.  You can follow the stencil with your finger and draw a perfect circle, triangle, square, heart, star or flower.  Like these.

You can add text to your drawings.

You can select a brush, a stick of chalk, or a glitter pen to draw with.

You can easily change the color of your drawing tool.

You can also smudge what you have drawn.

And a downright fun thing about this app is that you can draw with more than one finger at a time.  Wheee! (That’s from one-year-old Simon.)

This app costs only $0.99.  Check it out — especially if you have little ones in your family!