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Word Creativity Kit - The creative writing tool for kids

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A fun app to spark creative imaginations to create poems and stories.The goal of the Word Creativity Kit is to encourage children to play around with words and language as they learn to become the writers of tomorrow!  We like how students can get a jumpstart on the creativity process by using a selection of randomly generated words.  There are 7 word categories to choose from, and more than 4500 words total.  We like how the app features a unique interplay between the written word (text) and visual design (adding backgrounds and stickers, etc.), however we did find some of the menu systems a little unresponsive. Students can then combine as many word categories as they like, as well as add their own words.  Students will decorate their creation with multiple backgrounds as well as stickers, making their very own creativity book which can then be shared. 

Teacher Review

This app is based on the sets of fridge magnets that you can buy to make poetry and stories - with each magnet containing a word and near-infinite possibilities for rearranging them in different ways. As an app, this has many advantages over the physical magnets, whilst still retaining the charm and creativity of the original concept. The app is fairly easy to set up and start using - first choosing a book to work in, this is like a notebook where lots of pages can be stored and looked through later on. If the app is being used in a classroom environment this is a particularly useful feature, meaning that each student can have their own book to keep their work in. Otherwise, this can be used to organise the pages into themes, or in any other useful way. Once you have chosen a book to work in, you can customise the name and cover and then begin work on a page within it. Each new page can be initially populated with random words, or with words chosen by the user. The random words can be chosen from a variety of themes, giving a good starting point for some creative work.

Once the words have been chosen by either method, each word appears on the page on an individual “magnet”, which can be moved about by dragging and dropping. There are plenty of options for customising the look of the page, with different colours, stickers, borders and so on. All these options should make the app enjoyable to use by children wanting to express themselves in a creative way. To add to the educational usefulness, there are also options to press on each word to access different forms of the words - for example to make nouns plural and to match different versions of verbs. As well as being useful for creating sentences that make sense, this could be used as a teaching point, if a lesson was planned in the right way around these options.

Overall, the app has an impressive presentation, with clear graphics and a very user-friendly interface. The fact that pages can be saved and retrieved later, and particularly the way that pages are stored in virtual “books” makes the app good for reusability. The app also includes notes for parents or teachers, giving many good starting points for using the app in educational ways. There is a lot of scope for including this in English lessons, but with some thought could also be used in other curriculum areas, for example to set up some writing on history topics, world issues or PSHE. By setting up with bespoke words, any topic could be used as a starting point for a story or poem. This app strikes the balance between being educationally useful but at the same time very enjoyable for children to use and get creative with.

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From the Developer

Word Creativity Kit is a creative writing App for the poets and writers of the future. It gives the user a chance to think outside of the box, fill the head with new ideas, laugh at silly sentences and have fun.

In addition to being a powerful creative writing tool Word Creativity Kit increases vocabulary and teaches grammar to users of all ages. It can therefore be useful in teaching and training English both to native English speakers as well as those learning it as a foreign language.

The possibilities are endless and in Word Creativity Kit the goal is to give you free reign to
play with words and images to create whatever you feel like. Of course a teacher or a parent can come up with rules or tasks but the toolkit does not force it on the user. The main thing is to create, have fun and share your creations with friends and family if you feel like it.

You can use all the starting words or just a part of them. You can add words, both by writing your own and by getting additional random words from a database of more than 4500 words. That way you can make the robot army funny instead of bald.
Your creation can stand by itself as a poem, joke or a story or you can use it as an inspiration to a larger project such as a whole book or a movie.

But it’s not just the words that make Word Creativity Kit so fun to play with. You can change the size of your words, tilt them or make them stand upside down. You can change colors, backgrounds and fonts. You can also decorate and enhance your creation by adding stickers from a diverse collection.

All family members can have their own creativity book with a customisable look, name and description. Creations are saved in your custom creativity book and you can have as many books as you like.

* 7 word categories.
* More than 4500 words.
* Add your own custom words, including names of family members or holidays.
* Lots of background images.
* Select any font you like.
* Change background color or use a background image.
* Change magnet color.
* Change font color.
* Add stickers for decoration.
* Read book in full screen
* Export book to iBooks (as pdf)
* Resize and manipulate words and stickers with pinch and pan gestures.
* Save your creation to the photo library or send to your friends and family with email.

What's New in Version 2.1
 
New features:
* Now you can use your own text to start a page. 
** Choose page type "Own Words" and type or paste in your text. If the words exist in our database all word-forms are included.
* Teaching and writing Ideas included as a pdf (can be opened in iBooks)
** Now teachers and parents can get ideas for how to use this app in the classroom or to inspire creative writing.
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