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10 Apps to Spark Your Child’s Creativity

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In today’s digital world, children are exposed to incredible learning opportunities both in school and at home. Creative apps and tools can help ignite their passions and problem-solving skills by creating meaningful experiences.

Use these 10 apps to help your child to explore his or her creative side — and discover new interest-driven learning opportunities in the process!

 

Creative Apps for Children of all Ages

SketchBook – Draw and Paint

This digital art studio includes pencils, pens, paintbrushes, and sketching tools — plus a tool for scanning and importing images from drawings on paper. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

 

Sandbox – Color by Number Coloring Pages

Children can use this color-by-number app to select greyscale pictures from a gallery, then fill in each numbered section, pixel by pixel. Fun and intuitive, Sandbox reinforces number recognition and fine motor skills. Free to download; includes in-app purchases.

 

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine

Give budding directors and producers all the tools they need to make their own stop-motion movies. This app’s simple tools, tutorials, and examples earned it a spot on the App Store Best of 2014 list. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

 

Color Unexplored

Keep your child engaged with interactive experiments, color illusions, and informational videos. Developed by an interactive museum of science, art, and human perception, this app explores the theory, science, and psychology of color. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

 

GarageBand

Turn mobile devices into touch-based music instruments — then record studio-level music. This app can also teach beginners how to play and compose music on both piano and guitar. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

 

DIY App – Creative Community for Kids

This app allows children to explore over 140 skills — including illustrating, animating, fashion design, and Minecraft — then share their creations and progress with fellow users. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

Creative Apps for Teens

Photo Editor by Aviary

Introduce your teen to digital image editing with a library of helpful tips and tutorials. Photo Editor’s free version includes stickers, frames, and twenty basic photo-editing tools. Free to download; includes in-app purchases.

 

Google Arts & Culture

Google’s collaboration with over 1,200 museums, galleries, and institutions gives teens access to exhibits around the world — right from a mobile device. One note: Google uses facial recognition technology, and the app requires several privacy permissions. Free to download with no in-app purchase options.

 

VivaVideo: Free Video Editor

Featuring a camera with five different modes, this app allows users to record the screen, merge clips, create slideshows, incorporate music, and publish videos. We recommend VivaVideo for teens capable of customizing their privacy settings. Free to download; includes in-app purchases.

 

Animoto Video Maker

With Animoto, teens can use personal photos and videos on their phones to create movies, slideshows, or short presentations — and share them instantly on social media. Free to download; includes in-app purchases.