If preschoolers aren’t running around like crazy, chances are they are (hopefully peacefully!) scribbling away with crayons. We know that coloring is a great creative outlet, but what if it could also help teach them a new language, or help them learn about a new culture? Fun with Colors, an educational app from Mark Media, does just that. Designed for kids ages 4 and up, this app teaches preschoolers Mandarin and English while having fun with colors, and ushering them into an equally colorful world full of cross-cultural exchange.

Kids join Miaomiao and her dog Doudou on an underwater adventure where they stumble upon a colorless world, otherwise overflowing with diverse flora and fauna. Kids must return color to an orange clownfish, a magic ice sapling, a red baby octopus, a yellow blowfish, a green turtle, and a purple anglerfish that appear dull and dreary without the right shades on. Coloring in underwater scenes (and drawing their own) keeps their artistic juices flowing, and helps kids spread happiness and cheer through digital play.


Through six coloring scenes, and 30 vocabulary words that include food, vegetables, flowers, music, household items, and more, kids learn to pick up beginner Mandarin and English. Designed around everyday activities such as picking fruit, fetching a blanket, or playing an instrument, kids learn the natural flow and sequence of language. Fully voiced animations and interactive digital play, such as tapping a Blowfish to make her swallow bubbles and become bigger, makes kids forget how many words they are swallowing and becoming smarter along the way.

The app prompts kids to match colors with words through short quizzes, thereby etching new vocabulary into their memory. Fun with Colors also allows ample opportunity to learn the correct pronunciation of the word by saying it aloud, repeating the new word over and over again, listening to instructions that use the new word, and rewarding the child with a prize when they finish a task successfully.

However, an app cannot replace a real, person-to-person learning experience. That’s why the Grownups section has been squeezed onto the right-hand corner of this digital classroom. It’s a treasure trove of tips, games, activities, and review sheets to help parents and teachers explore Fun with Colors with kids. And since coloring has become a craze with adults lately, this app also serves as quality together time for both!

About the author

Varuni Sinha

Varuni Sinha

Varuni Sinha is an assistant editor at the Adventure Publishing Group. With an avid interest in visual arts, she enjoys writing and editing for The Licensing Book and The Toy Book, leading trade magazines about toys–the first art forms we encounter as children. With expertise in literature, Varuni launched into writing through her thesis on Indian comic superheroes. Fairytales are another major attraction for her roving mind. Recently at Spoleto USA, Varuni mapped the history of all the variations of the Sleeping Beauty tale ever narrated through time. When she is not writing, Varuni loves to paint with her finger and nails. She has held solo and group exhibitions of her work in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Auroville in India. She has also illustrated a children’s book of Japanese Folktales. Follow her on twitter @varunisinha to keep up with her new adventures as she explores the magical world of toys.