Dad dot info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents
DAD.info | Lifestyle | Tech & Gaming | Apps | Six of the best: creative apps for kids

Six of the best: creative apps for kids

Unleash kids’ natural creativity with this selection of fun apps

Drawing, music, story-telling… Our latest round-up of apps is focused on downloads that will encourage your child’s creative side.

Toca Nature

{youtube}GoSm63_lQVc{/youtube}

We often feature apps by developer Toca Boca in these round-ups, and with good reason. They are, without exception, bloomin’ marvellous. Toca Nature is a beautiful and peaceful app – ideal for a bit of wind-down time. Players are presented with a forest that they can shape however they wish, adding and removing trees, building hills, digging lakes and so on. They can then watch the forest’s animals explore their home, foraging for food and making their way through the landscape. The experience is completed with a perfectly chilled soundtrack. Great stuff.

£2.49, iTunes, Google Play

Bug Art

This arty app shows kids how to draw insects, leading them through the process with step-by-step instructions. Once they’ve designed their bug it then becomes a character that can be played with in a variety of games, such as bug races and a playground. Those games are fun, but it’s the creation of the little creatures that is the heart of this app. Kids will love the process of first designing their bug and then seeing it come to life.

£1.49, iTunes

Build A Truck

{youtube}MtF42NNdJm8{/youtube}

Another great kids app developer, Duck Duck Moose rarely puts a foot wrong and Build A Truck is another quality download. These aren’t just any trucks you’re going to be building. Oh no, these are monster trucks. Kids get to pick all the elements for their truck, selecting the engine, wheels, bodywork and so on. Then, after giving it a quick paint job, they get to drive it. Collecting coins on the way around the race-track unlocks additional elements for building ever-better trucks.

£1.99, iTunes

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets

Kids will get a story-telling kick out of this one. They can set up their very own puppet show by choosing sock puppets, backgrounds and props. Those choices made, it’s then time to direct the show. By tapping on each puppet, they can record its voice and build their own story. Once the show is complete, it can be uploaded straight onto YouTube. Bear in mind, longer recordings (along with specific puppets, props and backgrounds) will need to be unlocked via in-app purchase.

Free (in-app purchases), iTunes

Music Sparkles

Music Sparkles

Music Sparkles offers a collection of 14 instruments, though only two are available in the free version (the rest being unlockable via in-app purchase). Those freebies are the xylophone and drum kit; other instruments available include violin, guitar, panpipes and the dreaded recorder. Kids play the instruments in broadly the same way as they would a real-life version. Tap on the drums to bang them, strum the strings of the guitar to play it, for instance. It’s great fun for jamming along with, although one slight bum note is that there is no option to record the music that’s made.

Free (in-app purchases), iTunes

Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch

{youtube}lRqPwoirBck{/youtube}

Night Zookeeper Teleporting Torch is part game, part-drawing app. The app’s storyline is based around a nighttime zoo, where players are asked to complete drawing missions in order to help protect the zoo animals from a horde of troublesome monsters. Those missions are all wonderfully imaginative. What might the zoo’s fastest creature (a ‘hareplane’) look like? How would the sun look if it was really a giant chicken? A nice extra touch is that parents can also create their own missions to send through to their children.

Free, iTunes

Related entries

WIN a family fun day out in London with Keetoo

WIN a family fun day out in London with Keetoo

WIN a family fun day out in London with Keetoo Experiencing new places and creating memories together is something that all families cherish. London is bursting full of amazing attractions for the whole family to visit and we’ve teamed up with Keetoo, to offer you the...

WIN a family fun day out in London with Keetoo

Are you tracking your kid’s phone?

How apps that monitor children’s phones could put them in danger When did you buy your kid a mobile phone? When they started secondary school? Earlier? If you have bought them a phone did you put a tracking app on it? These apps promise to show us where our kids are,...

WIN a family fun day out in London with Keetoo

The Best-Ever Parenting Tips From Blinkist

We round up the best parenting advice from the new micro-learning app and platform, Blinkist... There is no denying it, parenting is challenging. How do you know for sure that you are making the right decision for your child? Should you really push them to play a...

Latest entries

What happens when you argue in front of the kids?

What happens when you argue in front of the kids?

It's impossible to tell before having children how stressful life as a parent can be. Burdened with managing finances, work, relationships and the many needs of a child, cracks can begin to show in even the strongest relationship. Sometimes, those cracks spark...

5 Ways Dads Can Encourage Their Toddlers To Walk

5 Ways Dads Can Encourage Their Toddlers To Walk

By Chris at Dadology Watching your baby's first steps is a truly incredible experience and one of many milestones they will hit in their first two years of life. Between 4 and 15 months, you can expect your baby to go from learning how to sit up to strutting their...

Parent Mental Health Day- tips for dealing with parenting stress

Parent Mental Health Day- tips for dealing with parenting stress

One thing you only find out when you become a parent is how tough it is. Disturbed sleep, tantrums, finances, lack of time to yourself and the burden of responsibility all take a toll on us. With this in mind, today is Parent Mental Health Day, an awareness campaign...

Pin It on Pinterest