Light & Color by Tinybop 4+

The art and science of light‪!‬

Tinybop Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings
    • $3.99



A children's introduction to the art and science of light and color: explore light with prisms. lenses, and mirrors, investigate perception, and mix and sort colors.

Have you dreamed of entering a rainbow? How about collecting the colors in your room or seeing through the eyes of a bee? Explore the magic of light and color as you learn at the intersection of physics and art.  **2022 Winner of Japan's Digital Ehon Yoichi Sakakihara Prize for outstanding children's media!

Discover how light is made, how it moves, and the beauty it creates (hint: colors!). You can mix paint and light, play with prisms and lenses, sort colors, make rainbows, and so much more. Plus — use AR to collect and identify the colors all around you.

Light & Color is No.12 in Tinybop’s award-winning Explorer’s Library, a series of apps designed for curious kids ages 4+ to dive into big ideas. Other Explorer’s Library apps include The Human Body, Plants, Simple Machines, The Earth, Weather, Homes, Skyscrapers, Space, Mammals, Coral Reef, and States of Matter. The apps in this series have won Best of the App Store, App Store Editors’ Choice, Parents’ Choice, and Children's Technology Review Editor’s Choice awards.

Each Explorer’s Library app teaches kids foundational science. Kids learn by playing, experimenting, observing, asking questions, making guesses, and finding answers. We hope each app inspires conversations between you and your kids and sparks more learning in the world around us. Learn more at

+ Discover how light bounces, refracts and reflects.
+ Play with working models of prisms, mirrors, and lenses.
+ Make rainbows by generating storms.
+ Experiment with a variety of light sources including candles, incandescent lights, and lasers.
+ Peek inside a raindrop to learn about how rainbows are created.
+ Mix paints to create a color wheel (Subtractive RYB mixing).
+ Explore the science of light by mixing colored lights (Additive RGB light mixing).
+ Play with color sorting blocks to learn about different color systems.
+ Collect, capture, match, and name colors in the world around you using AR.
+ Explore how different creatures perceive the world around them (humans, color-blind humans, nearsighted humans, bees, dogs).
+ Consider the emotions you connect to different colors.
+ Interactive text labels in 40+ languages teach vocabulary.
+ Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
+ Fun for the whole family — play and learn together.
+ No third-party advertising.
+ Open-ended activities with no rules. Curiosity and creativity are rewarded.
+ Original artwork by Jeanelle Mak Petrillo.

FREE handbook
Our expert-reviewed handbook is full of facts, interaction hints, and discussion questions to support learning in this app, in the classroom, or at home. Download in your app or at:

Privacy Policy
We take your and your child’s privacy very seriously. We do not collect or share personal information about your child, nor do we allow any third-party advertising.

When the camera, lidar (TrueDepth), microphone, and other services produce data which could identify you used within an app, your information is neither collected nor distributed outside of the app to Tinybop or other parties. Tinybop does collect anonymous usage data that tells us which parts of the app you visit, how often you visit, and which parts of the app you use the most. This anonymous data is accessible only to Tinybop to help us make better apps and is never bought or sold.

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What’s New

Version 1.0.3

The minor update connects a font issue that appeared in some languages.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

eggwaffleegg ,

Lots to Explore

We are having a lot of fun exploring everything this app can do. We are especially enjoying playing with prisms, mirrors, and lasers and using AR to identify color names. More like this please! Maybe one on sound?! Please!

tcnjirwsklp ,

I love all Tinybop apps

This is fun and educational…even for an adult

imani the dragon ,


It won’t let me change the feeling colors

Developer Response ,

Hi Imani (the dragon!),

You can change or delete any of the feeling colors by long pressing on them (when you do that you get a trashcan (to delete) or a magnifying glass (to view/edit). If you want visual instructions, email us at and we'll give you step-by-step screenshots.

App Privacy

The developer, Tinybop Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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