5 Apps for Creative Kids

Your creative kids will enjoy the varied experiences these apps provide and many are free!

Check out our top apps for creativity. Your creative kids will enjoy the varied experiences these apps provide and many are free!

 

Art Class with Dr. Panda

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This app provides virtual creative experiences your child will appreciate. There are six different virtual art activities for your child to experiment with in Art Class with Dr. Panda. Create your own pottery with the virtual lathe. Then fire it and paint it. Fold origami paper to make a virtual pinwheel to play with in the wind. Design a virtual kite to sail through the sky. Arrange colored pegs on a board to make a unique design. The best part is your child can experience the process over and over again, and play with the finished creations. The app is currently free and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Draw and Tell HD by Duck Duck Moose

Draw-and-Tell

Draw and Tell brings the best features of drawing apps into one fabulous art experience. Choose from a blank page, your photos, or one of the available backgrounds to start a project. Tools such as crayons, stickers, paint, and erasers can be used while the app records your child singing, talking, and moving stickers around the screen. Not feeling up to creating your own picture? Your child can choose from a variety of coloring pages and drop paint into the lines to create a vibrant scene. This is another top free app from Duck Duck Moose.

 

Faces iMake – Premium!

Faces iMake

Faces iMake encourages creativity, experimenting, learning, and expression in one magical app. Loaded with friendly instructions, first time users will find lots of direction and encouragement built into videos and examples. The whole family will enjoy creating pictures through the manipulation of a wide variety of images–from food to musical instruments. The platform is easy to use and supports collaboration and discovery that “children” of all ages will enjoy using. This is one of our favorite apps at KinderTown! The Premium version is available for $1.99.

 

MoMA Art Lab

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Many museums and educational organizations create apps to accompany their exhibits and collections. This app is a great way to take a virtual field trip to the Museum of Modern Art. MOMA Art Lab features 9 different activities that explore the use of shapes and lines in unique ways. For example, construct a virtual mobile and watch it move. Create a collage and then shake your iPad to reconstruct the it. MOMA matches an artist’s work with the activity to educate children about modern art while creating their own masterpieces. KinderTown really likes the audio directions for each activity, making the app accessible to children as young as four. In addition, there is a light-bulb icon which provides ideas for creating your own original artwork. The app allows children to save their work within the app. MOMA Art Lab is free and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

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Summer Creativity

My daughter loves to paint. She wants to paint every day, and paint supplies can become expensive. Learn about how to enjoy art and spend less in this blog post.

Paper Bag Painting

Learn how to use a paper bag to keep art supply costs down.

My daughter loves to paint. She wants to paint every day, and paint supplies can become expensive. Today, I had a brown paper bag around, and it turned out to be the perfect canvas for paint because it is extra thick and stands up to the paint well. We used regular and glitter paints and different size brushes. She decided to paint a nature scene. This is a great way to spend a summer day!

 
 
 
 

Lazoo Art Box

Lazoo Art Box (iOS)

Lazoo Art Box is a fabulously creative digital coloring book for children ages 3-5. The app presents a child with a starting place for adding creativity to an existing scene or page in the coloring book. When your child is finished, watch the page come alive as the objects perform short animations. The app is extremely easy to use and kid-friendly. There are 3 interactive areas; Let’s Squiggle, Let’s Color, and Let’s Draw. For each area your child is prompted to draw with their finger and then press the Play button to view the animation. The app does a nice job of providing directions and vocabulary to accompany the picture. There are a variety of coloring tools provided at the bottom of the screen including stickers, markers, spray paint, and paint rollers for a variety of effects. There is also a blank page where children can create their own pictures. This would be a great app to keep on your phone to use when you are on the go this summer! Lazoo Art Box is $1.99 and available for iPhone and iPad.

 

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Storytelling Apps

The act of storytelling develops vocabulary, understanding of character, and story organization.

The act of storytelling develops vocabulary, understanding of character, and story organization. Using a storytelling app will augment that process for your child, as you provide the occasional vocabulary help or guiding questions. Check out our Power Pack on Storytelling that will provide you with more ideas and a greater understanding of how to grow this skill within your child.

 

Storytelling Apps

 

Superhero Comic Book Maker (iOS only)

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This app does an awesome job of making storytelling easy for children as young as three years old. It is easy to navigate, and the pieces to create a story are embedded nicely within the app. To begin, children choose the comic maker button and select a background as the setting for the first scene in their story. Children can easily record narration for each character as they develop a story. By returning to the main menu children can create additional scenes and then combine them into a longer story. Even if children only use one scene to create a mini story, they are building vocabulary and language skills. This app provides an inviting environment for young learners to start creating stories. This app is appropriate for children ages 6-8 and costs $1.99.

 

My Story (iOS only)

My Story

Your child can use stickers, markers, photos, and voice recordings to create an original book with My Story. This app also allows for the creation of multiple users so more than one child in a household or classroom can have an individual account within the app. This feature is great for classrooms or learning centers. My Story also allows for sharing if enabled by email, on social networks, or in iBooks. Parents be sure to help your child with this ­­­if you are interested in sharing stories with family and friends. This app is appropriate for children ages 5-8 and costs $3.99.

 

Draw and Tell (iOS only)

Draw and Tell

Draw and Tell brings the best features of drawing apps into one fabulous art and storytelling experience. Children can choose from a blank page, browse your photo library, or select a background from within the app to start creating a story. The app provides tools such as crayons, stickers, paint, and erasers. Your child can narrate his story while the app records the audio and stickers moving around the screen. Children who are not feeling up to creating their own picture can try the variety of coloring pages where they can drop paint into the lines to create a vibrant scene. Draw and Tell is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-8.

 

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From Doodles, to Drawing, to Writing!

Foster your young author and illustrator with the activities in this week’s Power Pack.

 

In this week’s Power Pack you’ll find activities and apps that support your inventive author and illustrator.

Drawing PowerPack

At this beginning level of storytelling, children can begin to combine their drawing and writing skills to show meaning. Apps included in this Power Pack are:

Sago Mini Doodlecast for Kids

Read KinderTown's review of Sago Mini Doodlecast

Handwriting without Tears

Read KinderTown's review of Handwriting without Tears

To find the Power Pack, download KinderTown onto your iOS device.

 

Then:
-Select the Power Pack icon from the menu at the bottom

-At the top left, select the level PreK

-Choose “Experiencing Language” from the list of skills.

-Login and View the Power Pack

 

We think this is a great opportunity for the world to see the power of the iPad for early childhood learning. Access the Power Pack through the KinderTown app (remember, you must be signed in),  and select the Power Packs icon from the bottom menu to check them out!



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2 New Creativity Apps

Read KinderTown's Take on favorite creativity apps.

Sophie’s Drawings

KinderTown loves Sophie's Drawings because of the way it encourages drawing and art for kids who may not want or know how to draw on their own.

KinderTown loves Sophie’s Drawings because of the way it encourages drawing and art for kids who may not want or know how to draw on their own. Sophie’s drawings has 3 different categories of drawings that children can choose from: Hello, The Sea, and The Farm. In the Hello section children can trace basic shapes and make a simple person. The Sea includes more complex drawings, such as a whale, boat, or shark. The Farm section includes a house, a cow, and a pig. Once each drawing is finished, a cute animation follows as a reward for children. The help section can assist children in drawing lines. This app is a great tool for developing fine motor skills in young children, or can be used with a stylus to begin to develop their pencil grip. Sophie’s Drawings has a free version to try out before purchasing. The full version is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6; it may be especially popular with girls because of the main character, Sophie.

 

Bubl:Draw

KinderTown loves Bubl:Draw because of the interaction between art and music in this app.

KinderTown loves Bubl:Draw because of the interaction between art and music in this app. There are three different modes that children can draw in while using the app: Classic, Disco, and Rumba. As children draw with the colors and shapes, a musical sound coordinates with the art, making a unique “video song” when completed. With an adult, children can share their creations with others, and replay them. With the touch of a button children can clear the screen and start again. Bubl: Draw has welcoming bright colors and patterns for young children to explore and be creative with! It is also simple enough for children as young as 3 to navigate independently. Bubl: Draw is $2.99, available for iPhone and iPad and is appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

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Celebrate Fall with Apps

Pumpkins, Costumes, Hay rides, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Scarecrows; Children love this time of year. Enjoy the season with these educational fall apps!

Pumpkins, Costumes, Hay rides, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Scarecrows; Children love this time of year. Enjoy the season with these educational fall apps!

 

First Words Halloween

First Words Halloween will support your beginning reader to build Halloween holiday words, sound by sound. Read KinderTown's review.

First Words Halloween will support your beginning reader to build Halloween holiday words, sound by sound. For children already blending sounds, First Words becomes an app for practicing spelling. Parents can set up the appropriate environment for their child by adjusting the variety of settings. Thematic words with “spooktacular” pictures for young children and more control for parents makes this app a success. First Words Halloween is $1.99 and is appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Little Critter Trick or Treat

Little Critter Trick or Treat is a cute story about preparing for Halloween. Read KinderTown's review.

Little Critter Trick or Treat is a cute story about preparing for Halloween. The words are highlighted as they are read to your child. Each page has a few interactive elements. The story includes many activities that your family may be doing to prepare for fall such as searching for a costume and choosing a pumpkin. The Little Critter characters make the story lovable and one you can reread throughout the season. The app is $.99 (normally $1.99) and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Kids Mag Halloween Special Edition

KidsMag takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic interactive games, teaching moments, art and music. Read KinderTown's review.

KidsMag takes the traditional children’s magazine and makes it come alive with thematic interactive games, teaching moments, art and music. For Halloween, KidsMag has a special holiday issue that has your child playing spot the difference, putting together puzzles, reading spooky stories and dressing up Teo and Bianca (the main characters) for Halloween. KidsMag integrates vocabulary lessons with meaningful Math, Science and Language activities, created in a learning environment where kids thrive. Fifteen pages of activities refresh with a new game or look at the shake of the iPad. Your child will be absorbed in KidsMag. This app provides an engaging learning environment for children. Kids Mag Halloween is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-7.

 

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Creepy Crawly Apps

Kids are fascinated with bugs, some love them, some hate them, but all kids seem to be curious in some way about these little creatures.

Kids are fascinated with bugs, some love them, some hate them, but all kids seem to be curious in some way about these little creatures. Check out the best creepy crawly apps.

 

The Little Bug

The Little Bug offers a pleasing story about a caterpillar who is fascinated with all of her bug friends. Read KinderTown's review.

The Little Bug offers a pleasing story about a caterpillar who is fascinated with all of her bug friends. The story has calming background music and would be ideal before bedtime. The story offers many facts about bugs and has interactive pages to hold the youngest child’s interest. Children can make the grasshopper move, highlight the segments on a bug or make the bee buzz. The art on each page is well done and communicates the story in an effective way. In the story, key words are in bold that children can tap on a have repeated to them. KinderTown likes the parent section that includes questions to ask your child before, during and after reading the story. In addition, visit their website for printable activity sheets. The Little Bug is $3.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-6.

 

Meet the Insects Pack

Meet the Insect apps are packed with information, videos, pictures and an observation journal. Read KinderTown's review.

Meet the Insect apps are packed with information, videos, pictures and an observation journal. The app includes an Insect Story section which provides diagrams and narration in a storybook format with interactive areas for kids to learn about insects. The See Insects section provides detailed information regarding each type of bug. The scientific name is used and real pictures and facts are read aloud to children. The quiz section offers two different types of interactive quizzes. KinderTown’s favorite section is the observation journal. This would be a great tool to study insects around your home environment, at the park or over a period of time. Children can add their own photos of the insect and record the location, weather and notes about the insect. There are three different editions of Meet the Insects; Forest Edition, Village Edition and Water and Grass Edition. These apps would be an excellent addition to a study on insects or a resource for writing a report on insects. Each individual Meet the Insects App is $4.99 or you can purchase the app bundle for $9.99. Meet the Insects apps are appropriate for children ages 5-8.

 

Bug Art

Bug Art provides an informal environment for children to learn and play with bugs. Read KinderTown's review.

Bug Art provides an informal environment for children to learn and play with bugs. The free paint area allows children to paint and use stickers to depict a bug scene. The bug designer area allows children to choose a basic stencil and then design a unique bug around the stencil. Pictures can be saved in the app and shared with friends. The app also has free play areas where children can race bugs or use the iPad to make them fly through pathways. This app is a fun creative experience with bugs. Bug Art is $2.49 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

ABC Bugs

ABC Bugs brings learning through research and discovery to the youngest learners. Read KinderTown's review.

ABC Bugs brings learning through research and discovery to the youngest learners. Traditional encyclopedia-style presentations combined with videos, interactive activities and quality images makes the ABC apps from Peapod Labs truly special. The pictures are extremely captivating and appropriate for young learners. The app is organized with pictures of bugs in ABC order. Your child will be learning letters and words along with interesting facts about bugs. ABC Bugs is appropriate for children ages 3-6 and is $2.99.

 

Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning

Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning covers four important preschool skills; Letter, Numbers, Colors and Tracing. Read KinderTown's review.

Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning covers four important preschool skills; Letter, Numbers, Colors and Tracing. All of the games are designed with bugs as the central characters in the game play. For the letters and numbers activities, children must guide the bug through mazes choosing the correct letter or number that comes next. For the color activity, children must guide the bugs through the maze while only using certain colors. The tracing activity allows the children to trace a path and the bug will follow the path. Children earn gems for completing activities correctly and can play with the bugs in the adventure section. The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

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Back-To-School Apps for Young Girls

These apps are sure to tickle your youngest girls fancy!

These apps are sure to tickle your youngest girls fancy!

 

Fancy Nancy Dress Up

Fancy Nancy

Does your daughter like to dress up? Fancy Nancy Dress Up is the app for her! Fancy Nancy is a beloved character in children’s books for young girls. The app Fancy Nancy Dress Up is a well designed app in which your child is creating Nancy’s “look” on each page of the story. Your child can dress Nancy in a number of lovely outfits for each page in the story. Open Fancy Nancy’s dresser and choose from a variety of options from skirts to outerwear to jewelry, your daughter can completely dress Nancy from head to toe. Add a background or use a picture that you have taken for a personalized background. If your daughter needs inspiration choose the random button to see what appears. When your child is finished, enjoy reading the personalized story together. If you haven’t enjoyed a Fancy Nancy story with your daughter be sure to check out a few of her great books at your local library.

 

Dora ABCs Vol 3: Ready to Read!

Dora

Dora needs help hopping across the Lilly pads in order to get to the other side of the river. The app invites children to respond to questions like “Which picture goes with this word? Which letter will change Cat into Bat?”Children are invited to manipulate the beginning, middle or ending sounds in the word to make a new word. The ability to manipulate these sounds is an important skills to become a proficient reader. Parents please note that your child should be a beginning reader to be successful with this app. Many three syllable words are presented that children must read aloud. The app does include a nice tracking system in which parents can view their child’s progress and which type of words their child is working with. Also, multiple players can be added to this app easily so several children in one household can easily use the app. The app is appropriate for children ages 4-6 and is $2.99.

 

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3 Top Book Creation Apps

Use these apps to easily have your child create something special.

Fall is in full swing, and for my family that means trips to the pumpkin patch, walks to the park, and collecting leaves. Parents, I am sure you are also snapping photos as you create memories with your children. Why not create a memory book with your child of your experiences? You could create a photo book, art book, a book to use as a gift, a journal, or a creative story based on your fall fun. Use these apps to easily have your child create something special. They probably won’t be aware of it, but they’ll be developing reading and writing skills in the process.

 

Book Creator for iPad

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A simply designed app, Book Creator for iPad, can take your ideas and make them into a well-designed book. When Book Creator opens, a simple visual tutorial walks you through how to create a book. In Book Creator, you can add photos, create drawings, or record your own voice. Also, adding text is simple. Book Creator offers 3 different book layout options (landscape, square, or portrait) and includes 50 different fonts. Book Creator is free and is appropriate for children ages 5-8. Ideally this is an app you would use alongside your child to encourage creativity, writing, and sharing their work with others. When you are finished, you can email the book, print the book, export it as a PDF, or upload it to iBooks. These options are great for sharing with friends and family. The app is $4.99.

 

My Story Book Creator School Edition

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My Story Book Creator is a creative book maker where your child can use stickers, markers, photos, and voice recordings to create their own book. This app also allows for multiple users, so more than one child in a household or classroom can have their own account within the app. This feature is great for classrooms or learning centers. My Story Book Creator also allows for sharing if enabled by email, on social networks, or in iBooks. Parents, be sure to help your child with this part if you are interested in sharing. My Story Book Creator costs $4.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

Savor the childhood moments of the fall with your children and create a book together.

 

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KinderTown Loves Tiggly Shapes!

Using the iPad to learn about shapes provides another avenue for exploration and learning.

Shapes are one of the core learning concepts for early childhood development. Using the iPad to learn about shapes provides another avenue for exploration and learning.

 

Tiggly Shapes

Tiggly combines the digital world with physical manipulatives that are so important for young children. I value hands on learning, and when I saw the Tiggly Shapes I was instantly in love! Tiggly Shapes are hands on 3-D learning shapes (square, circle, star and triangle) that interact with the free Tiggly Shapes apps on the iPad. They are rubbery, durable and easy to grip for little hands. I think this concept is right on target for early learners and I could not wait to try them with children. As I suspected our kid-testers loved them too!

 

Most recently, Tiggly added a bilingual feature allowing you to choose two languages to engage with while playing with the Tiggly apps. Let me overview three of the free apps that go with the Tiggly Shapes. Also, if you aren’t up for purchasing the Tiggly Shapes you can use a lite version of the apps for free. Tiggly Shapes and their apps are appropriate for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. KinderTown rarely recommends apps for children this young, but we feel strongly that the hands on component of these shapes is appropriate for children as young as 18 months when used alongside an adult. Parents, please note that you must match the shapes to the screen when the app launches to allow the Tiggly shapes to sense the screen. Also, check out the parent section in each app for additional information. Tiggly apps are only made for the iPad.

 

Tiggly Safari

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Tiggly Safari invites children to match the correct shape to the outline of the shape shown on the screen. After matching the shape, the app shows the shape, and the coordinating word. Then the shape is made into a safari animal, all while hearing the animal sound in the background. In multi-language mode the name of the shape is said in both languages that are selected. Also, the word is shown in both languages. As the app progresses, multiple shapes are combined to make animals and different orientations of each shape are shown. Tiggly Safari is the app I would recommend using first with your Tiggly Shapes.

 

Tiggly Draw

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Tiggly Draw allows your child to create characters from the Tiggly Shapes. Add a funny face, a mustache or silly feet, and then save the creation to your camera roll. The shape characters come alive with animation and sounds after they are created. Choose from 10 different backgrounds, and the character combinations are endless. Parents, have fun sharing your child’s work with friends and family. In addition to learning about shapes, your child is developing vocabulary associated with character parts as well as giggling over their silly animations.

 

Tiggly Stamp

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Tiggly Stamp is an open-ended creative play scene to use with the Tiggly Shapes. Each time a shape is “stamped” on the screen it becomes an object to play with in the scene. Your child may create an animal, decoration or flower. Many of the scenes presented have a theme often based on the time or year. My favorite feature of Tiggly Stamp is the recorder. This is especially great for developing oral language and interacting with your child. Tell a story about the scene with your child and the voice recorder will record all your interactions. Play your story back or delete it and create another one. This will surely be something you will want to treasure as a parent. I love listening to my child tell the story and I like knowing that I have preserved the sound of her young voice. A great keepsake for any parent or loved one!

 

 

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