I chose PBS Kid’s Paint-a-Long as my educational game to learn. This game is age appropriate for my Pre-Student Teaching placement classroom. The game incorporates characters Peg + Cat from the PBS show. I found this website and game to be very user friendly. Peg narrates instructions throughout playing the game, which is a great tool when it comes to my first graders who can not read yet. When opening the game, you are prompted to choose what you want to paint: shapes, characters, or free draw. I first chose shapes and Peg provided the instructions on how to properly draw a given shape. For example, Peg guided me through the amount of sides that create a triangle and demonstrated on the left side of the page, one side at a time.
Before beginning to play, I assumed this would be a fairly simple task for me. Initially though, I struggled to form a triangle with straight sides due to being unfamiliar with using the mousepad as a paint brush.
Peg provides feedback after drawing the shape which is a great way for the player to be encouraged throughout playing. After trying a few different shapes, I began to feel confident using the mousepad, and I began to form shapes more accurately, as pictured below. I challenged myself to create the best shape I could, and found myself trying several times until I was satisfied with my work. Although I am over the target age for the game, I was engaged and found myself having fun while practicing my shapes on the game!
After successfully drawing each shape, I chose to draw a character. Peg shared how to manipulate shapes I had just practiced to form characters from the show. This expanded my own knowledge and gave me a new experience of an alternative way to draw animals. I was thankful for the step-by-step process that enabled me to not be overwhelmed by the task of drawing an animal. The app did not require a perfect shape to move on to the next step, which was helpful to me as I am not a perfect artist, especially when it comes to digital art and a keypad. During the last step, the game prompted me to freely draw the final details, such as the facial expressions of the animal which was a fun way to end the task. I was deeply challenged and engaged during this task as I wanted to draw the best animal I possibly could and found myself doing multiple redos until I was satisfied with my work.