Now that the kids are out for summer, you may be looking for ways to keep them busy. Here’s a list of apps that appeal to your child’s creative side. Most of them are meant for pre-school and kindergarten age kids and work on a variety of different skills that can help prepare them for school or to ensure that all they’ve worked on in the past year they continue to feed and use over the holidays.
The best iPad apps for creative kids
15 Dec 2015, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Here's an engaging and fun way to keep kids busy and that's with the Creative Kids app. The app will have kids coloring in drawings that then come to life right before their eyes. The app uses six steps from start to finish in order to create the animation. You can set up four different profiles, there is a tutorial to help them out, and it’s meant to help with their imaginations, fine motor skills, and of course appeal to their creativity. Parents will love the fact there is a parent mode and that there are no ads or links to external sites through the app.
- This one helps with your child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills
- It is a six step process
- Kids will create some really cool animations
- The app is easy to understand and features a tutorial
If you are just introducing your young child to shapes why not make it a fun and engaging opportunity? The Shape the Village app can make that possible and is created for kids’ ages five and under. Through this app they will learn about squares, triangles, and circles but it won't be a typical boring lesson. This one features a bright, colorful, and lively village that is made up of all kinds of shapes. It's up to kids to figure out how to create buildings and characters from what they have been giving. The app also takes a look at dividing, matching, and coloring shapes.
- Introduce your child to shapes
- This one is for kids’ ages five and under
- They will work coloring, dividing, matching, and learning their shapes
- They will get to build things out of the shapes as they stack them
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Think about how many words there are for kids to learn, it seems a bit overwhelming when you stop and think about it. The Beck and Bo by Avokiddo app has been created to help them with their vocabulary but in a way that is filled with fun and activities. This one is meant for kids' ages two through six and offers 12 different scenes that will come to life in front of them. There are also 12 interactive albums that feature objects and their proper spelling. This one uses touch functionality, real-time physics, there are no in-app purchases necessary, and there are literally hundreds of voice recordings and sounds.
- Kids get to tap on an object to hear its’ name then move it in place to hear its’ sound
- The app has been created for kids’ ages two through six
- There are 12 different scenes
- There are no in-app purchases necessary
It's time to put the story-telling capabilities in the hands of kids with the Toontastic app. This one gives kids the chance to draw and then animate cartoons as they tell their own unique story. There are hundreds of backgrounds they can use and then all kinds of characters to place in their animation. Just like the real thing kids can even make use of special effects. If they want to use their own photos they can or they can be really creative and draw their animations. When they're all finished their video can be saved to the Camera Roll so they can share it with friends and family.
- Kids get to be the writer and director in their own animated movie
- Make use of the hundreds of backgrounds and characters
- Draw their own characters
- Take their own photos to use
- Add special effects
- Share finished videos with friends and family
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Kids are curious by nature. It's a wonderful thing to take advantage of and feed into via educational and creative outlets. The Curious World app gives parents a chance to take this natural curiosity they have and use it as a fun learning experience. Kids will be following two rather hilarious characters in a world that is filled with humor and curiosities. This is a puzzle-style of game where they are working to solve a variety of different types. Of course they will need their trusty toolkit to help them along. There are a number of theme-packs available which offers kids even more fun and activities.
- Feeds into the curiosity that kids naturally have for the world
- This one is fun and engaging
- Features kid-friendly controls, sounds, and graphics
- There are theme-packs available to add to the fun
Kids love to play with their food, craft items, toys, and anything else they can find around the house it seems. The Faces iMake app gives kids a chance to play with all of these types of objects in ways they never thought about before. This one appeals to your child's right side of the brain, which is where creativity stems from. The app provides kids with everyday items and gives them ideas on how to use them in different and fun ways. As explained by the developer this one is meant to expand their visual association and awareness and is actually a wonderful tool for those children with disabilities. There is nothing verbal about this app, it's all about the visual experience.
- There are five visual lessons included
- This is a non-verbal based app
- This one is perfect for children with disabilities
- The app encourages right side of the brain activity, which is creativity
Is your child mesmerized by trucks and building things? The Build A Truck app is able to combine both of these elements into one fun offering. It has been created for kids' ages five through 12 and will appeal to their creativity and problem solving skills. Their job is to build their very own unique monster truck and then race it. There is a thought process that will go into it as they have to think about the various parts they're using and how they interact with each other. They will be building the truck from the ground up and with that said there are a number of options to choose from.
- Ideal for kids’ ages five through 12
- Build a monster truck from the ground up
- There are plenty of items to choose from
- Kids need to think about the items they pick and how they interact with each other
- They can race their truck after building it
Let your child step into the shoes of a storyteller with the Draw and Tell HD app. In this app they will be the one telling a story through the drawings that they create. There are 27 different colored pencils, paint brushes, and crayons to use, more than 60 stencils, 22 patterns, 32 backgrounds, and over 150 stickers that feature letters, cars, food, animals, and more. They can make their own animation and record it so they can show everyone they amazing results. The app has been created for kids’ ages three through nine and has even won a few different awards.
- This app has won a few rewards
- It is ideal for kids’ ages three through nine
- There are 27 different colored pencils, paint brushes, and crayons
- There are more than 150 stickers
- Kids can record their animation that they create and then share it
Who would have thought that bugs could be such a source of creativity but that's what the Bug Art app sets out to prove. There are more than 60 tools that kids can use in this app so that they can create a bug by coloring it in and then watching it come to life. Kids can build their own little variety of bug pets without mom and dad having to worry about them getting loose in the house. The app uses kid-friendly controls, there are interactive lessons, more than 40 stickers to use, and after creating your bug you'll get to race bugs against each other.
- Color in and then watch bugs come to life
- There are interactive lessons
- More than 40 stickers to use
- Bugs can race against each other
- The controls are kid-friendly