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Drawing involves creative thinking as they make choices about lines, colors and shapes. If you're looking for ways to involve your kids in something creative with a screen, check out these art apps. These art apps allow kids to color pictures, play around with photos, express themselves in writing, and tinker and build with digital tools. 

Check out these top-rated creativity apps for kids of all ages to stimulate young minds.

    The software ‘Baby Games: Knowledge park’ is an exciting educational learning app suitable for boys and girls aged 1 year and above. The app features four exciting themed zones that focus on Numbers, Colouring, Letters and shapes. Each zone provides a variety of educational, fun and engaging games that are child-friendly and beautifully presented. The application is free from in-app adverts and offers in-app purchases for further levels. 

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The software application ‘Animation Kit’ is an easy to use, child-friendly platform for creating exciting animation sequences using drawings, photos, shapes and text. Suitable for children from 6 to 12 years the application is initially free (1 project and 3 exports) with in-app purchases for unlimited projects and project exports. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available on the iOS platform and Android platforms in the near future. This application is available on the iOS platform with an Android version available in early 2020.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Coco - Educational Games is one of the best educational games for kids and an easy to use educational games program, featuring multiple brain trainer activities such as children’s puzzle, children’s math games featuring mental math and memory games for children. Suitable for children from 5 to 10 years the application is subscription based on several levels from institutional subscriptions to individual subscriptions over various lengths of time. The application has in-app purchases relating to the content but is free from in-app adverts. The application is available in two languages English and French. The application works without a constant wi-fi connection.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Tree decorating is a fun but usually one-off Christmas activity.  With Pico Christmas Tree AR, children can decorate as many trees this Christmas as they desire and see them in whichever room they want.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Feeding children's creativity is not just about showing them the fun side of education.  It builds skills that might spark a lifelong passion or a future career.  It develops organisational skills and flexible thinking.  PuppetMaster is a superb app for providing a creative outlet for your children and harnessing the benefits of doing so.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Colouring in is calming, enjoyable and prompts creative thinking.  PicoToONs brings the experience of physical colouring books to electronic devices and adds some extra graphical flourishes to distinguish it from the paper versions.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The application ‘KidloLand Kids Toddler Games’ is an award-winning learning programme for kids (1-7 yrs) and contains 2000+ educational songs, games, stories, nursery rhymes, and activities about Early Learning, Math, Reading, Writing, Coding and more! The application is a subscription-based app comprising of two options; a monthly subscription option or the option to pay for a single year. The application is free from adverts and is certified for children by the KidSAFE program.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Kids Cast is like a one-stop shop for a mix of education and entertainment activities that are completely safe and appropriate for children.  Videos, games, books, songs and paper-based activities will give your child a great resource to learn from and use to avoid boredom.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children.  From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess,  this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    FlipaClip is an app that replicates and improves upon traditional flipbook-style animation. Combining simple yet interesting drawing tools with frame control, it enables the production of impressive animations.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Do your students know their pop art from their realism or their abstract from their surrealism? This app is designed to build and reinforce knowledge of the different art styles by quizzing its users on the subject.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Paul Klee might not be an artist that you have considered covering in the classroom. This superb app makes it clear that you should.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    The Strip Designer application is an extensive app that allows users to create a comic style book using various templates and tools. This intuitive platform will make even the most novice of graphic artist’s design like a comic book whizz. The layout and graphics are completely customizable and the possibilities are endless. The application is free from in-app adverts and purchases and it suitable for 9 years of age and above. The app also works competently from a mobile device but for the best experience we would recommend a tablet.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Useful app to help children learn to draw cartoons. The app contains seventy two different cartoon drawings, each of which is broken down into steps to make it easier to copy and follow the process.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    A neat app that harnesses technology to try and teach drawing skills.

    Platforms: Android


    Opera Maker is a unique app suitable for 9-11 years of age that inspires children to appreciate and create their own opera. The app can be used in conjunction with creative arts, music or creative writing based subjects. Students can create their own video operas by directing, choosing the stage setting and costume characters. The app combines the art of storytelling by integrating classic operas such as Hansel & Gretel, The Magic Flute and William Tell. Features also include the ability to record your own voice and share your finished opera with friends. This app is available in iOS only but also in browser mode via the developers website.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Using a well- designed mix of virtual tuition and real world practice, Color Smart teaches children not just about the history of art but how to apply the different principles of painting to allow them to more effectively unleash their creativity.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Tickles, Furnace and Ruby are three fun-filled characters with plenty to teach about art, its history and its techniques.  This app provides many informative videos to watch, activities to experiment with and lessons to put the knowledge into practise in the real world.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Charting Art is a truly cross-curricular app that links together art, history and maths with even a little bit of science thrown in too.  Watch educational animations, take part in fact or fib quizzes and engage in the suggested activities for the real world.

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    It is a rare content creation app that is just as at home in a child’s hand as it is a teacher’s.  With this app both can create useful and compelling eBooks, magazines, and guides without taking an age to learn how to use the software.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    This is an app for those with a creative streak.  First your child designs a character to represent themselves and then they combine their artwork with a wide variety of animations.  Next they share it with the world and look at the art of everybody else.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    BrainPOP Jr. is the digital educational equivalent of trivial pursuit, and equally as fun! All subject areas have been split into subcategories and for each subcategory BrainPOP Jr. have created beautifully animated video’s with accompany quiz testing features with varying levels of difficulty, a cartoon to accompany each subject area, and if that wasn’t enough a subject relative joke has also been included. BrainPOP Jr. is a free educational games portal that will suit the classroom learning environment or will do well to support extended learning at home. 

    Platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad


    This is an app that asks children to complete a series of very simple tasks that will encourage logical thinking. The app receives an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.                                

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    Common Core Quest is a free app that supports the content available on the OpenEd.io website. This provides teachers with the ability to create classes and set work based on the US common core Math and English Language Arts curriculum. There is an option for the teacher to subscribe to 50,000 Pearson formative item questions and 30,000 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Assess2Know bank questions. These questions can be then set to students. The app also marks the responses and gives each student some feedback. The student can invite teachers to join them via their settings and also they can join a classroom. The student can practice problems almost indefinitus.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad


    The Anti-colouring Book app is a unique concept by Susan Striker that steps away from the traditional colouring book pages and encourages the child to use their imagination and critical thinking skills rather than colour in a pre-conceived drawing.

    Platforms: iPhone, iPad