Let’s talk apps! There are tons of ways to spark your kids’ creativity during their screen time, and here are 4 to check out:
1. Moma’s iPad app, Art Lab, is phenomenal.
Begin with trying activities based on works at MOMA, like drawing with scissors a la Matisse, or getting all surreal and making an “exquisite corpse“. Or you can opt for more general ideas like, combine shapes and lines to make a monster.
Of course, you can make your own art from scratch using lines or their shape library and plenty of color options, and you can save your masterpieces to your gallery.
The app is simple enough so it’s not overwhelming, but allows you just enough freedom to make it addicting. It’s got a clean, graphic design feel. 7 and up. $4.99
2. Next up is the Coloring Smart app by Smart Kids Playing. Math! Math and shape concepts come into play here, so what’s not to love? 3-8 years. $2.99
3. PlayART by Tapook is another excellent app that focuses on 5 famous artists- they’re the big ones most kids learn about in school: Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Rousseau and Klee. Actually, I’m surprised Matisse and Picasso aren’t in there, but I was delighted to see Klee, because he’s one of my all time favorites.
You can start by learning a bit about each artist through cool mini-videos, and then create your own artwork based on elements from their paintings. You can save your favorite elements from each artist to combine together to make a whole new montage. I happened to create a brilliant Van-Rouss-Klee:
You can save these into your own private museum as well. This app has a loose, painterly feel to it. 5-up $3.99.
4. Drawing Pad. This app is like opening a drawer full of a zillion new art materials and just digging in. It’s simple, straightforward and colorful. You can choose from papers and even embellish with stickers. They’ve recently added in chalk as the newest drawing material.
Warning: it looks like there are a lot of extra in-app purchases, mostly .99 cents, but sometimes those in-app purchases are worth it, right? 5-up. $1.99
Have I overlooked your favorite? Let me know- I’m always looking for new great app ideas.