The 10 Best Kid Coloring Apps of 2018

Coloring pleasure for kids or kids-at-heart.

Photo of young boy holding tablet in front of his face with image of painted face.
Photo of Boy Holding Tablet.

Are you short on crayons? If you have an iOS or Android device, you have access to the best coloring fun available for your kids or the kid-at-heart. From color by number to 3D coloring, these apps have everything you need for any day your child feels like coloring. 

We found the 10 best kid coloring apps available for you and your child to enjoy.

Note: Some apps may require premium access and offer in-app purchases. 

 

Black and white image of dog is surrounded by paintbrushes and paint.

Coloring Book of Dogs is for anyone who loves our furry friend the dog. You can color pictures of some of the world's most popular puppies and even use a blank page to draw whatever you desire. It's sure to deliver hours of fun for all ages. 

This app works great on a MacBook as well as an iPad. It's perfect for little fingers thanks to its large images that fill the screen. 

Coloring Book of Dogs is free for iOS with in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • So many puppies to choose from! 

What We Don't Like:

  • Lifelike brushes make coloring hard to get used to at first.

 

 

A screenshot of the Colorfy app shown on iPhone.

Colorfy/Apple

Colorfy is a coloring book full of detail. Voted as one of the best apps of 2015 by Google, this coloring app is known for its high-quality images and gallery. This app includes a unique AR virtual gallery, allowing you to view your artwork in the real world. 

Colorfy has a premium option which unlocks hundreds of coloring pages and all other tools for even more fun. 

Colorfy is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • There are so many simple and intricate designs to keep you busy.
  • Click and color makes it easier for younger fingers to use. 

What We Don't Like:

  • You'll need to upgrade to premium to unlock all of the images.
A screenshot of the Zen Coloring Book on the MacBook Air with a coloring page of a zentangle shown.

Zen Coloring Book is the perfect coloring book for winding down and relaxing. The lifelike color gets darker as you hold down your finger or mouse, and the designs are intricate enough to keep you and your child busy. With Zen, you can color on different textures such as canvas, leather, brick, and silk. 

Zen Coloring Book is free for iOS with in-app purchases; $2.99 for Android. 

What We Like:

  • The coloring pages have a lifelike feel, without the handling and skill that a paintbrush requires. 
  • Many designs to choose from without upgrading. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The app could use some updates to improve speed and overall look and feel. 
A screenshot of the app Recolor on iPad.

Recolor is one of the most unique coloring apps. It allows you to color flat images as well as 3D images for lots of fun. A wide range of colors and ways to play make it a unique experience for all ages. With over 1,000 unique images, this app will keep you or your child busy for a long time. 

Recolor's unlimited subscription offers new daily images and will unlock the entire catalog for you to enjoy. 

Recolor is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • There are intricate designs and basic designs, perfect for hands of all sizes. 

What We Don't Like:

  • For some images and designs, you will need to use tokens to purchase. Tokens can be awarded by watching videos and ads. 
A screenshot of the Color by Number app on iPhone.

Color by Number/Apple

Color by Number Coloring Book adds a bit of learning to the act of coloring. Simply tap the color you want to start with and color the corresponding pixels. For younger kids, it teaches number recognition. For older kids, it's perfect as a boredom buster. 

The Color by Number Coloring Book subscription brings you new daily images and unlocks all available coloring pages. 

Color by Number Coloring Book is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • Although some of the designs are intricate, the color by number makes it easy to fill in and enjoy.

What We Don't Like:

  • Will need to upgrade to premium to unlock all of the possibilities! 
A screenshot of the Pigment app on iPad.

Pigment is the perfect way to gather some inspiration. Complete with a built-in gallery, you can view artwork from all over the world, color your own images, and either share it online or save it to use for whatever you choose. Pigment includes 24 different pencils, markers, and brushes and the largest image library available.

The premium subscription unlocks all available coloring pages, premium brushes and exclusive color palettes. 

Pigment is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • This app doesn't just have coloring pages, but complete coloring books to choose from. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Some coloring books and pages will not be able to be opened without a premium subscription.
A screenshot of the Toonia app with a robot graphic in red and black with paint options on the side.

Your littlest one will love the Toonia Colorbook. Each time they color in a spot on their page, stars on the screen celebrate their victory. It has music, cute characters, and super simple coloring pages, perfect for the smallest of hands. Toonia supports multi-touch which means your child can color with their friends while learning how to share. You can save, share, and print your work right from the app! 

Toonia Colorbook is free for iOS with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • This app is extremely engaging and educational for young colorers. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The selection of coloring pages is a bit more limited than other options here.
A screenshot of the COLOR app on iPhone.

COLOR Coloring Book/Apple 

COLOR Coloring Book offers a totally new coloring experience using space colors and neon to make pictures pop. Kids will love the way their pictures sparkle! When you're done coloring, you can add your work to your phone screen easily using the app. 

The premium subscription of COLOR Coloring Book removes all ads and unlocks all available coloring pages and tools. 

COLOR Coloring Book is free for the first 3 days for iOS and comes with in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • The space colors are unique and add an element of surprise to your coloring pages.

What We Don't Like:

  • The free trial ends after 3 days. After that, you must purchase a subscription. 
A screenshot of the Voxly app on iPhone.

Voxly/Apple 

Voxly brings coloring to life in complete 3D. With easy color by numbers, you can create 3D images that look like they'll pop right off the screen. Voxly makes it easy to share your artwork with friends and family through Instagram, Facebook and messaging apps. New content is added weekly.

Voxly is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • The 3D makes this app an engaging experience. 

What We Don't Like:

  • There are ads on screen during coloring. 
A screenshot of the Disney Color and Play app with Mickey Mouse in the center and various art tools around the screen.

Disney Color and Play brings your favorite Disney characters to life. Color Mickey Mouse, for example, then touch the magic wand to watch him dance and play in 3D. This app includes a few playrooms featuring your favorite characters and more playrooms are available for purchase. 

Disney Color and Play is free for iOS and Android with in-app purchases. 

What We Like:

  • Explore Mickey's clubhouse, Princess Sophia's bedroom, and more in a completely interactive way. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Content takes some extra time to load.
  • You need to purchase different areas to explore within the app.