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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3 Creation Apps to Try with Your Kids

Try these creation apps with your kids; creative play and activities play a central role in a child’s learning and development.

 

Try these creation apps with your kids; creative play and activities play a central role in a child’s learning and development.

 

These type of learning experiences help build connections in the brain that foster problem solving and communication skills. Often when kids are actively involved in the learning process they are more likely to remember the learning behind it. For example, you may remember the details of a volcano model that you made and how it erupted because you were actively engaged in the creation experience.

 

Duckie Deck Trash Toys

Duckie Deck trash toys

Create something new with virtual trash. Use the spray paint tools to decorate a tin can, a plastic cup, or an old jar to produce a new look. Then use springs to create arms, buttons for eyes, or silly string for hair. Save it to your camera roll when you are finished. Unleash your creativity and then let your child try some offline creative tinkering with similar objects. This app is easy to navigate and it’s easy for kids to work together to make creations. Duckie Deck Trash Toys is appropriate for children ages 3-6 and costs $2.99.

 

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School

Art Maker

Art Maker by ABC’s Play School offers an engaging scrapbook-style environment for children to create, narrate, and imagine. Children can choose from a variety of backgrounds with characters and objects to which they can add, resize, and manipulate. Each picture can be assembled into a storybook or transformed into an interactive video as your child narrates and moves the images. His creation can then be saved in the app to view again. A very informative “for parents” page gives tips and ideas to help you get started. Art Maker is $2.99 and appropriate for children 3-6.

 

Toca Builders

toca builders

Toca Builders is a virtual 3D playground where kids use characters to build and create their own unique world. Each character has a different way of contributing to creations in the virtual world. For example, Jum-Jum loves to spray paint (a favorite feature of our child testers) and Connie can lift and move blocks. Your child can create several different play-based worlds within the app that he can add to or adapt later. The app does not include any words or dialog so be sure to take some time to discuss the characters and their abilities, or perhaps create a story about the characters as your child manipulates their world. Toca Builders is a Minecraft inspired app but appropriate for children ages 4-8. Children can demonstrate their creativity as well as spatial relationships within a 3D environment. Be sure to check out their “for parents” section within the app for more ideas. The possibilities are endless for your child’s imagination in the Toca Builders world.

 

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The 7 Types of Educational Apps

Many educators and parents are searching for educational apps that provide the best virtual environment for learning to take place. Generally, this means apps that deliver meaningful content with an in-depth experience incorporating discovery and challenge.

 

Many educators and parents are searching for educational apps that provide the best virtual environment for learning to take place.

These apps are often “free-play” or “choice-filled” games that encourage kids to engage in their own learning. Apps that integrate depth of content and choice empower learners and construct understanding. These apps have activities designed to support the child as they progress and master tasks. This keeps your child in the ideal zone for learning , building on past concepts and challenging them to try something new. Feedback is often provided for parents or teachers through email to let you know how your child is progressing.

 

However, a lot of educational apps don’t fit this ideal or only offer one of the types of learning experiences listed above. Often they don’t offer children independent choices, and they stay on the surface of educational subjects instead of diving into deep thinking. Is there value in these types of apps, or should parents and teachers not use them? Just because an app doesn’t meet the ideal doesn’t mean there isn’t value in the other experiences. Completing math drills, reviewing grammar skills, or playing puzzle games can support your child’s overall development, too.

 

To help me make sense of the different types of educational apps and the learning experiences they provide, I have created 7 overlapping categories. Sounds like a lot? It is. Keep in mind that many apps fit into two or three different categories because each provides something a little different to a child’s learning experience.

 

Breaking Down the 7 Categories

 

1. Playful Learning

These are the apps that I tend to enjoy the most. They are silly, funny, and open-ended. Just because the educational content doesn’t take the center stage doesn’t mean that your child isn’t learning through play. Play is primary mode of learning for most young children. These apps mirror the free play your child enjoys at home, such as pretending in the kitchen, driving trucks, building with blocks, or playing dress-up. You want these educational apps for your kids because they encourage creativity and lead to more creative, playful experiences away from the app. For example, after playing with a virtual science lab for kids, my daughter asked if she could freeze soap bubbles to see what would happen to the solution. Good examples of this type of app would be the apps made by Toca Boca and Dr. Panda. Try out Toca Lab for a playful science lab your children will love!

 

2. eBooks

When reviewing an eBook for educational content, not just a good read, I look for the experience to encourage learning through listening and observation. eBooks that use meaningful interactivity (not just tap to see what happens) for extra practice and play also fall into this category. It is always exciting to find stories that use interactivity to connect learning experiences and vocabulary to real life. Your child benefits from hearing stories read aloud in order to develop vocabulary, an understanding of story lines, and a love of books, especially during the pre-reading years. Auryn HD- Teddy’s Day, Cinderella by Nosy Crow, and Goodnight Moon are some of my family’s favorites.

 

3. Workbooks/Worksheet

These apps usually generate a question and ask the child to choose between three or four choices. I wouldn’t encourage this kind of app for play time, but why not use them for homework and extra practice? Especially if you are replacing the time your child is spending with sheets of paper and pencils, the use of these apps can have many more benefits. They’re great for fluency, test prep, and direct one-step content practice. Be present when your child uses this type of app because often they can choose the wrong answer several times, which creates a less beneficial learning experience. Try out Todo Math and Bluster! Deluxe as examples of workbook/worksheet types of educational apps.

 

4. Puzzles and Traditional Games

There are now many puzzle, memory, matching, and other classic early learning games available in app form. These apps have the potential to support cognitive development in the same way as traditional games, such as encouraging reasoning skills through a game of Go Fish or developing spatial skills through a classic puzzle. I still believe it is beneficial to dust off the traditional puzzles once in a while, but these apps are really fun for kids, too. There are extra benefits of developing social skills when they include multiple children. Try these apps made for more than one child.

 

5. Theme Experiences

These apps let your child delve into themes that really interest them. If your child can’t get enough of dinosaurs, why not grab a few dinosaur apps and let them explore? This is similar to going to the library and grabbing a few books. Your child is absorbing so much of their passion that it is hard to keep up, so include iPad apps in their quest for new knowledge. Check out the Science and Social Studies categories in KinderTown to find apps that correlate to your child’s current interests. Barefoot World Atlas, appropriate for ages 4-8, and Geography Drive USA, ages 6-8, are favorites in my house.

 

6. Interactive Encyclopedias

This one is easy – you get to see videos and images and even play games right in the app. Do I need to say more? These are beneficial because your child is exploring topics of interest. For example, if your child is struggling with understanding the life cycle of plants, an app like this might be the way to make the connections to the content they need. ABC Aquarium is an excellent example of this type of app, appropriate for the youngest learners.

 

7. BYOC for Kids – Build Your Own Content

These apps are less game-like in structure and have more of an open design that allow kids to create their own unique activities from scratch. The benefit of these apps is building what you want instead of only using pre-made offerings. Create your own machine, design your own work of art, or build a virtual world. These apps are beneficial for parents who want to create a special experience for their child above and beyond traditional learning. Try out Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe, Faces iMake – Premium!, and Toca Builders for engaging experiences that are sure to tempt you to jump in and create alongside your child.

A variety of app options provide an opportunity to search for what is going to suit each child best. There is much more out there than the “gold standard” that gives a valuable learning experience for your child. KinderTown can help you discover the latest and best educational apps for your child.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Around the Kitchen! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTcook

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KTcook.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Raddish Kids is offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Make a Treat!

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts, and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

The kitchen is an excellent place for practicing real-life math skills. Young children can identify basic measurement tools and help with counting, while elementary level children can practice multiplication by doubling or tripling a favorite recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Older elementary children can use division and fractions to halve a recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Choose one of the following no-bake recipes (or find one of your own) and help your children sharpen their math skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.

 

RECIPES:

 

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars

15 graham crackers, broken up

3 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips (about 1 3/4 cups)

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

 

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, making sure the foil extends up over the edges.
  2. Process graham crackers with sugar and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Pulse in butter until moistened. Transfer to lined pan and press crumbs down evenly and firmly.
  3. Place butterscotch chips in a large bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth and creamy. (Do not overheat, or mixture will turn stiff.) Stir in peanut butter. Blend well and spread evenly over graham-cracker crust. Cover and chill until firm (1-2 hours).
  4. Lift bars out and remove foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

 

Chocolate No-Bakes

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Large pinch salt

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally; then boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt and combine.
3. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and sit at room temperature until hardened.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Tell your child which tool you need (measuring cup, teaspoon) and have him find that tool for you. Point out the relationship between the tools (ex., two half cups fill a whole cup). Have your child count as you add the correct number of cups, tablespoons, etc.
  • Elementary: Ask your child to double the recipe by multiplying each ingredient by 2. (You may need to help with any fractional measurements.) Then have him multiply the yield by 2 to predict how many bars or cookies he will have at the end.
  • Upper Elementary: Ask your student to halve the recipe. Depending on his ability level, have him divide by 2 (helping with the fractional measurements) or multiply by ½.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Grab Bag

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

KinderTown wants to let you know about a great resource we love, Raddish Kids. We love their family-friendly recipes and lessons that include learning about other countries and cultures, and measurement. Check out their awesome recipes with clear and simple graphics.

 

Enjoy these fun recipes from RaddishKids.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

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Around the Kitchen: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through Around the Kitchen.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Shiny Things Bakery

Help Alice the Zebra make cookies and cakes for her bakery. Your child will love cracking the eggs into the batter, counting out the milk bottles, and slicing the butter to put into the batter. Next mix it up with a random ingredient including wacky striped pants, a feather, or buttons. Next, decorate the cookies and cakes with virtual icing and share them with Alice and her friends. Be sure to divide the cookies up evenly, or your friends will be upset! The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef

Read KinderTown's review of Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef.

Children will love creating virtual sandwiches with Duckie Deck’s Sandwich Chef. The app encourages creativity by developing different artistic creations as sandwiches. Children can be walked through the process of creating a specific sandwich, or design their own. The app is easy enough to use that children can navigate through the app independently. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

WeCookit

Read KinderTown's review of WeCookIt.

WeCookit is a delightful children’s interactive cookbook. The simple layout allows children to choose a category of interest, then a recipe; with a simple swipe to the right, the recipe appears. For example, I choose the Sunshine Egg Rings from the Egg section of the app. Then parents and children can tap the “cook it” button to get started. The app then prompts you with a shopping list, the necessary tools, and step-by-step picture guide to make your recipe. The graphics are great for children, and the recipes are easy enough for young children to cook together with a parent. The app clearly marks where parental help should be gained, but we see this as an app that parents and children should always use together. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-8 with an engaged parent.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is Around the Kitchen. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is Around the Kitchen. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

Download the weekly planner for Around the Kitchen.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #KTcook. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Master Builders: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Master Builders! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTbuild

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KTbuild.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Please join us next week for Around the Kitchen.

 

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Master Builders: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Spelling You See® is a curriculum produced by Demme Learning and designed to guide students through the developmental stages of spelling. In the phonetic stage, students learn to associate letters and sounds by writing words. In later stages, students learn to spell commonly-used words by copying interesting passages and “chunking” (color-coding) letter combinations. These activities help students commit the correct spellings of words to memory.

 

Today, have your elementary-aged campers choose one of these two passages to read: The Transcontinental Railroad or Lalibela

 

Master Builders Demme Learning Connection

 

After your camper has read the chosen passage, help him think of a creative way to present the information to the rest of the family, such as:

 

  • Writing, directing, and presenting a play
  • Performing a dramatic reading of the passage, with props, if desired
  • Creating a slide show for the passage

 

If you have a younger camper, print out a copy of this activity page.

 

Master Builders Demme Learning Connection

 

Then read the passage to the camper and point out the following words:

 

  • The Transcontinental Railroad: men, spent, six, west, link
  • Lalibela: block, rock, cut, top, hill

 

Dictate the words for your camper to write in the letter boxes at the bottom of the activity page. (Note how the shaded boxes help with vowel placement.) Then have your camper draw a picture in the box at the top of the page to illustrate the passage.

 

 

Master Builders Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/building activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTbuild or upload them below to enter.

 

 

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