Some Excellent Apps to Boost Students’ Creative Thinking
January , 2016
Below is a collection of some of the best iPad and Android apps to use with kids and young learners to enhance their creativity and boost their imaginative thinking. From doodling and sketching to drawing and digital storytelling, the apps below are particularly designed to unleash the creative gene from within. We invite you to check them out and share with your students. Enjoy
1- Apps for creating drawings and doodles:1- Skitch
Skitch is an iPad app that allows you to snap anything online and draw on it. Skich also provides a free blank canvas where users can draw and doodle using a wide range of drawing tools.2- Doodle Buddy
Doodle Buddy Gold is the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet.3- Kids Doodle
“Kids Doodle” is a pretty easy-to-use painting application that is designed specifically for little kids to enjoy doodle freely on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It supports more than 10 brushes, such as glow/neon brush, rainbow brush, crayon brush, oil brush, etc. The brush size and color is randomly adjusted to let kids entertained all the time.4- How to Draw
Step-by-step drawing instruction application for kids aged 4 to 7. By repeating the moves on the screen you learn to draw. Listen, follow the instructions and draw on your screen. See how easy it is. You may start with a cat. It’s really simple. If it goes well don’t be afraid of the “Skeleton” episode! It’s the most difficult but you can do it. 5- Drawing with Carl
This app allows you to make beautiful drawings. you can import pictures and draw over them.You can even play with talking stickers that repeat anything you say with a funny voice!2-Apps for Digital Storytelling :1- Toonastic
Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 7 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app… and kids can’t stop creating!2- Storykit
This is an app that lets you create digital storybooks. To create your story you need to : Write some text.
Illustrate by drawing on the screen, taking a photograph of something you see, or drawing on paper and then photographing the paper, or attaching photos from your album.
Sounds can be recorded for telling your story or as sound effects.
Layout the elements of your story (text boxes, images, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize.
Add, reorder, or delete pages from your book.
3- Puppet Pals HD
Puppet Pals HD enables you to create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. 4- Tellagami
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!5- Shadow Puppet
Record a puppet and talk through your photos. Quickly and easily create a narrated slideshow to share your stories with family, friends and on social networks.6- Sock Puppets
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
‘Autodesk SketchBook is an intuitive painting and drawing application designed for people of all skill levels, who love to draw. We reimagined the paint engine, so SketchBook delivers more fluid pencils and natural painting than ever before, all while keeping the interface clean and simple. With SketchBook, capture everything from your smallest doodles to your biggest ideas, all in one place, no matter where you are.’2- Stop-Motion Movie Creator
‘The Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator app makes it easy to produce your own stop-motion movies starring your favorite Minecraft Mini-Figures. In just a few simple steps, you’ll be bringing Steve, Creepers and other Minecraft characters to life!’3- Scratch Draw Art Game
‘A scratch drawing game for scratch artists of all ages. Fun for little artists too! With more than 350 backgrounds to let your imagination run wild!’4- Book Creator
‘Use Book Creator to create a personalised story for your child, or arrange family pictures and art into a beautiful eBook. Then pass your tablet to your child and watch their imagination run free!’5- Minecraft: Pocket Edition
‘Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures. Pocket Edition includes Survival and Creative modes, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, infinite worlds, caves, new biomes, mobs, villages and lots more. Craft, create and explore anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn.’6- Toca Builders
‘This creative building game for kids allows you to make a whole new world in one fun app!If you can imagine it you can build it with the six Toca Builders!Join your new Toca Builders friends on an island far away and create a whole new world with blocks. Jump, walk, roll and rotate the builders to use their unique skills, and they will help to build whatever you can imagine!’7- Exploration Lite
‘Build your own base, mine, castle or whatever you imagine! Exploration is a game – editor which allows you moving, building and transforming the terrain in the 3D environment.’8- Peppa’s Paintbox
‘Peppa’s Paintbox is a drawing application designed specially for Peppa fans! It brings together traditional drawing tools and some magical surprises that little ones will love. You can draw straight onto canvas or choose a background or character to colour in. Peppa and George will pop in from time to time to see how you are getting on and once you are done drawing, you can have your very own exhibition at Peppa’s school!’