Tuesday, January 28, 2014

colAR Mix App Review

A few weeks ago I was on Pinterest when I came across a pin that caught my attention. The picture did not match the description, but it talked about augmented reality coloring sheets. I thought it was a neat idea, so I went to the website and printed a coloring sheet to try it for myself.


I could not believe it. I printed off all the free coloring sheets and took them home to my kids. I told my daughter that these sheets were magical.

My four-year-old’s picture went from this:

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to this:
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What you can’t tell from the screen shot is that the picture is turning and moving to music. It is really impressive!

I knew right away that I wanted to use this with my STEAM classes. The design above is for Chinese New Year. My kindergarten classes could not wait to see what “magic” I was going to do to their coloring sheets.

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I’ve created a poster to go with the student papers to explain how to make the papers come to life. I left it for my sub to hang in the hallway while I am at FETC this week.


The free app and coloring sheets are available at http://colarapp.com. There are free sheets available as well as an in-app purchase to unlock the other coloring sheets. Most of the free coloring sheets are seasonal, but there are a few that you can use year round.

My first grade classes used the bird coloring sheet. They looked doubtful when I told them I was going to do magic, but they all were most impressed when the bird they colored ate their worm. I love that the coloring is exactly the same as the way the child colored it.

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I only have one iPad in my room, so I called each student up one at a time to reveal the magic. It actually made it even more special.These are going in the hallway as well. I LOVE our poster printer.

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I posted the picture of my daughter on Facebook and someone asked if it was for real. This app is really that good. Best of all? It is free! This one is worth checking out!


I’m linking up:


  1. WOW! This is AMAZING! I am going to try this! Thank you SO much for sharing!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. That would be an awesome writing prompt! I need to pin this as well!

  3. Wow...impressive and fun, thanks for posting about this!

  4. This is amazing!! It looks SO real! My own kids would love this too. Thanks for linking up and sharing!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Hi Jenny, It was very fun to read your article. I'll share this with my colleagues. Thanks for your support. Let me know if you have any questions. katy.kelly@puteko.com - Katy from Puteko the developer of colAR App.