Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 review [Giveaway]

"As a case and app combo Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 is great for letting kids learn art and have fun on the iPad, though it's not something parents to just leave on a family device."

The Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 review brings together the classic crayon and marker maker with one of the biggest names in iPad accessories for a double-threat case and app combo that's sure to delight kids of all ages. It required a screen protector, comes with a large enclosure and a marker, but put it all together and you get the best of old world art thanks to the latest in Apple tech!

The Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw is a contraption that fits over your iPad 2 like a case. A really big, really durable case. You need a screen protector, which I'm not a huge fan of, but your child will be drawing on paper on top of the screen and really, better safe than sorry.

The case holds the paper in place while the iPad 2 provides the light-box effect. And it holds your paper in place well. If your child is fortunate to have an iPad of their very own, having the Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 on all the time won't be a problem. It will probably help protect it immensely. If it's a family iPad 2, however, you won't want to keep this case on any longer than you have to. It's just too big and bulky, and toy-styled to suit regular adult use.

And that presents a small problem -- once your kids get used to drawing or tracing on the iPad 2 with the Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw case on, once you take it off, I worry they'll find a way to keep drawing anyway, which would be no fun. (Keep a lot of washable markers handy).

The Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 needs to be paired with the matching app from the App Store. It has a fair amount of content, including:

  • On the Go - Connect the dots to create planes, trains and more
  • Under the Sea - Animated friends guide you through undersea adventures
  • Jungle Frenzy - Trace, draw and color a jungle full of fun
  • Bot Builder - Swap bottoms and tops to make your own 'bots
  • Magical Mashup - Mix and match dragons, wizards and other magical characters to make a silly creation
  • Superhero Swap - Swap tops and bottoms to create your own superheroes
  • Family Fun - Trace and color fun family members, even the cat
  • Sports Scramble - Use the clues to guess the game

So you're likely to find something your child -- and you! -- might enjoy.

The good

  • Fun to use
  • Great way to get your kids drawing
  • Easy to set up and use

The bad

  • Requires a screen protector
  • Could make kids think it's okay to draw on iPad even without the case
  • Not a case you can/want to leave on all the time

The bottom line

As a case and app combo Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 is great for letting kids learn art and have fun on the iPad, though it's not something parents to just leave on a family device. You do need a screen protector to use it, which is a drag, and it's not the slimmest, prettiest case in the world, so you'll be taking it on and off a lot, but if your child is learning to draw I can't think of a funner, easier way to get them started than with the Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2

The giveaway

Simply leave a comment below telling us your most favorite thing your son or daughter, or child in your life, has drawn for you and you're entered to win a Griffin Crayola Trace & Draw for iPad 2 of your very own! Giveaway starts now and ends Sunday, February 5 at midnight PT. U.S. shipping address required for delivery.


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Mare A. says:

My oldest daughter drew a beautiful red tulip with a black outline and a black stem when she was in kindergarten. She brought it home and I profusely praise the beautiful flower. She said, "Mom, that's not a flower. That's a glass of wine!"

Chris Foley says:

My son (age 4) drew a picture of our family highlighting key features of each member - my wife had big red lips and hips, my daughter with her iPod and me with a bald head.
A moment in time.

andsoitgoes says:

The best thing, as of late, was a story and picture my 7 year olds did up for me while I was off for almost a week having surgery.
It was the most wonderful thing to come home to, and warmed every cockle of my heart :)

Gizmocivic says:

I want one! Love the color

djayme7 says:

self portrait of course

Jeremy B says:

My 4 yo daughter is always coming up with cute pictures. She drew my wife a picture of her with pizza to make her feel better recently. We also have a picture she drew with her married to Phineas from Phineas and Ferb. "We have two kids and we're in love. And this is a sun and rainbow" she said in describing it. It's super cute.

Darth Rich says:

My older son drew me a coffee cup (in 1st grade) that said #1 Dad and signed it from him and his 1 yr old brother. It has been on my wall at work ever since.

Brent Lacy says:

My two boys are constantly (5 and 7) are coming up with "new" airplanes and ships, along with the specs for each. It's a hoot. Our family just got an iPad this week ,This would be great!

bnpdp says:

My daughter made me a paperweight and drew all of my favorite things on it including herself.

SteveC says:

My daughter drew me a picture of our house - It's been on my wall at work for two years and I still love to look at it!

Fafafoooey says:

My little girl is only 14 weeks old, but this will be nice for her when she is able to draw and such.

Randy says:

Funny I was forced to watch a Google Nexus commercial before I was able to watch this video for an apple product from a site that is dedicated to Apple products. LOL

twild says:

My 5yo drew the coolest Frankenstein picture around Halloween last year. It is very "different" looking. She loves art and draws or colors most of her time at home! If I win, I'll share the awesomeness of it!

Carol says:

This would be great to take to my grand children when I go visit. At 2 and newborn in would give me quality time with them and letting them enjoy themselves. The 2 year old already like my Garageband to play. I would love one of these. Thanks for the chance to get one free.

davjaxn says:

My son when he was 7 did a water color of the ocean. It is beautiful and looks amazing framed in the kids bathroom!

peter says:

My 4 yr. old daughter drew a picture of her "best friends" and she put her parents and brother in it.

Kyle says:

My favorite thing my daughter draws for me is what she calls a zebra, but all it is a series of lines, in any color, but if you drew the shape of the zebra around it, it would be very close!

Jrres says:

My 4yr old daughter drew a picture of the family and made me the biggest circle with eyes, i love thet picture.

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msprunck says:

My 3 year old son loves to draw dragons and when asked "What is your dream?" he responded "I want to be a Daddy!" OK that's just awesome! I'd love to have this for him.

smmiami says:

This looks cool. I want.

Manny says:

I want one! Very very cool!!!

Paul says:

My daughter LOVES to draw. Here's one of the drawings she did for art class and the teacher posted it online!

Eli says:

Yesterday my son painted a tomato.

Braun00 says:

My 5yr old son drew a picture of the family and draw himself a power-ranger :-)

Ann B says:

My Dad passed away suddenly a few years back. My daughter was only 4 at that time. She drew us a beautiful picture of Grandpa going up to Heaven.

Mark says:

My favorite is a picture of a whale swimming in the ocean.

Sutasinee McClary says:

My most favorite thing my daughter had drawn for me was her picture with mommy and daddy.

Enzo83 says:

this would be great for my nephew!

Nelson says:

I am trying to get my son as much as I can to help in his development so this would be nice.

Dorothy says:

Please pick me. I will use it during all water activities.

Kenia says:

My daughter is always drawing something. If its a brithday card or Valentine cards. Last thing she drew was a cupcake, a very cute one =] Thank you

Matt says:

The most favorite thing that my daughter has drawn for me was a picutre of me, nto 100% accurate because she is only 4, but super cute to see how she portrayed me!!

Prudence Fahie says:

I imagine my son would love this.

Joeh says:

Yesterday my two year old son drew an amazing crayon drawing of a guy in a rain storm. It was his first actual composition. The guy had a face and he was standing on the ground with a rain cloud above and stormy winds blowing. We live on the outer banks so he is familiar with strong wind and storms.

JEremy says:

My daughter drew me a Happy birthday card, it really meant a lot to me.

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