Video Gaming Post 1: Paint-a-Long

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. 

(Screenshot as I play on PBS Kids, Peg + Cat, 9/15)

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.

(Screenshot as I play on PBS Kids, Peg + Cat, 9/15)

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!

(Screenshot as I play on PBS Kids, Peg + Cat)

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.

(Screenshot as I play on PBS Kids, Peg + Cat)
(Screenshot as I play on PBS Kids, Peg + Cat)

2 thoughts on “Video Gaming Post 1: Paint-a-Long

  1. Hi Mary, I really enjoyed reading your post about the game you found. It sounds very fun and interactive. Your game also sounds perfect for the age level you are going to be working with. Learning how to draw is a very good skill for first graders to learn and understand and it can help them in their reading along the way because they will be able to identify different things through drawing and that will increase their vocabulary, so I can see how this video game could be helpful in the classroom. In elementary school I remember playing video games like this where we got to draw different things on the computer, and I remember that they were always some of my favorite video games that we played because they promote creativity and engagement. This idea of creativity reminds me of the video game principles we talked about in class from the Gee reading, especially the one about identity because students are really able to personalize these drawing and make them how they want.


  2. I love this! I am also in a pre-student teaching classroom for first graders and would find this game very useful to use for my classroom. I think that the PBS kids source is a very reliable and useful source for young children like first graders. This game is interactive and engaging for the students. I really like this idea of allowing for the game to give the students the options to paint shapes, characters, or free draw. It gives the students creative freedom on what they want to do. I also like how the characters talk and guide the students through the instructions of painting because the first graders are not perfect readers yet. It can also help the students become better with practicing their art skills. I like how the students do not have to draw everything perfectly as well. The game is simply just introducing them into trying new things which is amazing for students at that age. Like Audrey said, this reminded me of the identity principle from Gee’s reading because the students have the creative freedom to draw what they want.


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