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
4 Dec 2020, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
With this kids’ app children can repair the buttons, by matching the broken pieces. Follow directions by finding the correct body part, using a puppet! Find the button that does not belong. Navigate a bee through a lush flower garden, following the correct sequence of numbers.
Colors, Letter Identification, Find the Difference, Matching, Memory, Parts of the body, Shapes, Sorting, and more!
- Designed for ages 3-5, but every child is different.
- Motor skills: tap, drag, pinch and tilt
- Visual instructions for each activity
- Most activities are self leveling.
- Over 54 achievements
- Original, detailed, and visually intriguing graphics.
- Each of the 18 activities has its own beautiful, and engaging music.
- Humorous interactions and sound effects.
- NO In-Apps / NO third party advertising
- Parental Gate
Alphabear 2 is an original English word puzzle game by Spry Fox, and the sequel to their hit 2015 game! In Alphabear 2, you spell words by selecting letters on a puzzle grid. When you use letters that are adjacent to each other, bears appear! The more letters you use, the bigger the bear gets, and the more points you earn.
- When you solve the puzzles, you'll earn new bears for your permanent collection.
- Fans of the original Alphabear will appreciate the much-improved "bear speech."
- The words you spell will appear in funny cartoons like always, but the all-new templates come with a huge variety of backgrounds and amusing props.
- A smart dictionary and other new features make Alphabear 2 a great way to improve your English and have fun while doing it!
Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you have to arrange food in bento boxes! Play with food, solve hand-crafted recipes and enjoy a cute story in this culinary brain-teaser from the creators of Golf Peaks!
- 120+ puzzles and unique pattern-matching gameplay.
- Textless, heartwarming story about cats and parenthood.
- Inspired by Japanese aesthetics and bento cuisine.
- Absolutely no ads.
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
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