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

artclass

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.

 

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School

Art Maker

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School creates an engaging scrapbook-style environment for children to discover new materials while using their imagination. Children choose from a variety of backgrounds with characters and objects they can easily add, resize, and manipulate. Each picture can be saved in app, assembled into a storybook or transformed into an interactive video your child can narrate and rearrange images. A very informative “for parents” page gives tips and ideas to help you get started. The app is $2.99 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

Moma

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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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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Best Building Apps for Kids

Building promotes creativity, imagination and spatial awareness.

Building with blocks has long been a favorite activity for kids and parents alike. Building promotes creativity, imagination, problem solving, and spatial awareness. Check out these best building apps for kids.

 

Toca Builders

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Toca Builders is a virtual 3D playground where kids can use characters to build and create their own unique world. Each character has a different creative talent in the virtual world. For example, Jum-Jum loves to spray paint(a favorite by our child testers), and Connie is able to lift and move blocks. Your child can create several different play-based worlds within the app to add to or adapt later. There are not any words or dialog in the app, so sit with your child and discuss the characters and their abilities or perhaps create a story about the characters as your child manipulates their world. Toca Builders feels like Minecraft but is appropriate for children ages 4-8. Children use this app to demonstrate their creativity skills as well as developing their understanding of 3D environments. Be sure to check out the For Parents section within the app for more ideas. Toca Builders costs $2.99. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination in the Toca Builders world.

 

Bloxy World

 

BloxyWorld

Bloxy apps allow your child to build with blocks in order to create objects that they can play with in the virtual world. For example, build an airplane and construct an airport so your plane can land and take off again. In addition, children can build freely with the blocks. When a creation is complete, children can also upload them to Bloxy World or download other creations to play with or to inspire their own ideas. Parental permission is requested each time one of these actions is performed. There are over 330 bricks included in Bloxy World. Children can also use their theme collections for space, castles, trees, cars and a special girls’ world. Other features include the ability to add speech bubbles to the mini-figures and a snapshot feature to take pictures of the creations. Bloxy World is free to download but does have in-app purchases for selected blocks. KinderTown recommends the Buy all Bricks feature for $8.99. Bloxy World is appropriate for children ages 4-8.

 

BeBop Blox

BeBop Blox

For the youngest builder, KinderTown loves BeBop Blox. In BeBop Blox, children are presented with 12 different puzzles to build. Once the puzzle is chosen, the parts spin around the screen, and kids drag the matching pieces to complete the puzzle. For each matching piece, a musical phrase is played. Each added piece adds an additional musical sound to create a song that accompanies the puzzle. When the puzzle is completed, a song is played, and there are four additional sound effects that can be added to the song. BeBop Blox is a beginning creative environment for the youngest builder. BeBop Blox is suitable for children ages three through five and costs $1.99.

 

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