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Wizard School

Wizard School

Wizard School

Wizard School

Duck Duck Moose

Reviewed on 09/11/15
Free on | iOS

An astounding amount of interesting information and inspiring invitations to create and share your own ideas are packed into this fantastic app.  With content curated by educators and well-organized into subject areas, there’s something for everyone here! Want to learn about robots? Or see how to create silly faces in public places using only two wiggle eyes? Or learn how to design a tree house? The videos and creativity prompts are engaging  for kids and adults alike! Because there is a coin-earning element (you earn coins for doing any of the activities and you spend coins to “buy” parts for the creations you make), a safe social “sharing” element and occasional text (that isn’t read aloud) this app is more appropriate for older kids or for a parent to use alongside younger kids.  A great way to spark ideas for rainy-day activities! (note: this app was originally called Wonderbox.  The name changed in August of 2016 when the developer partnered with Khan Academy.)

 

Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Tags: Animals, Art, Creativity, Engineering, Family Play, Nature, NBC15, Rhymes and Songs, Science, Technology, Things that Go

Crepes by Suzette

Crepes by Suzette

Crepes by Suzette

Crepes by Suzette

Monica Wellington

Reviewed on 06/29/15
Paid on | iOS | Google Play | Amazon

How do you breathe new life into a picture book that’s over a decade old? Turn it into an app! In this excellent book-to-app translation, Monica Wellington’s collaged illustrations come to life with characters that speak the one French word or phrase that’s introduced on each page (I love that you can hear the word spoken by several different voices with slightly different pronunciations!) and you can hear that word or phrase translated into six other languages (including English). If you want to dig even deeper into the content, click on the map symbol in the upper left corner of each screen to discover more options -- a map of Paris showing where Suzette is selling her crepes, photos and/or videos from each location, and more information about the classical art pieces referenced in the text. A feast of information in a well-designed app in which these extra features do not distract from the storyline, but instead enhance the learning when the reader is ready to explore beyond the text.

Age group: Preschool, Grades K-2
Tags: Amazon, Art, Book App, Google Play, Stories, Vocabulary

Musical Paint Pro

Musical Paint Pro

Musical Paint Pro

Musical Paint Pro

Building Blocks Media

Reviewed on 04/20/15
Paid on | iOS

Choose a color, then “draw” on the canvas and as you do, music follows your actions. Are you making smooth, sweeping motions? Your music will glide along. Are you poking the screen to create dots? Your music will come in single notes to match your rhythm. The pitch is determined by your location on the canvas (experienced musicians might even be able to pick out a scale). You can also paint with multiple fingers at the same time and create harmony! Created by the same app developer as Musical Paint for Kids, but aimed at an older audience. This version allows users to adjust the size of their brush and the opacity of their paint as well as the hue. After a piece of artwork has been created and saved, it offers a playback option that allows listeners to experience the same music that the original artist heard while they were creating the piece and watch the painting re-create itself in time to the music. This feature encourages users to pay attention to the music as much as the visual art they’re creating.

Age group: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
Tags: Art, Concepts, Music

DipDap

DipDap

DipDap

DipDap

Cube Interactive

Reviewed on 04/06/15
Paid on | iOS | Google Play | Amazon

DipDap, based on a BBC show of the same name, is a hilarious little character who interacts with simple drawings. Users are invited to draw a missing object (faint outlines of the object are given, but the app uses whatever scribble the child produces) which is then dropped into a silly little animation with DipDap. The one in which DipDap mows the lawn and is subsequently chased by the lawnmower brought on repeated peals of laughter in my house. When the app is opened, users are given the choice to draw on a blank page (DipDap’s face peeks over the bottom edge of the screen and his eyes watch the movement of your fingers as they draw) OR to respond to one of DipDap’s sixteen ideas. One of the most funny and motivating drawing apps I’ve encountered.

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Age group: Baby/toddler, Preschool
Tags: Art, Early Literacy, NBC15, Writing

Kscope

Kscope

Arts University Bournemouth

Reviewed on 11/11/14
Free on | iOS | Google Play

This app should really be labeled "all ages" because it has so many  different options to explore on so many different levels.  Babies will be entertained by the kaleidoscopic swirls, toddlers will love the opportunities to create swirls of color using the slightest of touches, older kids will enjoy making careful spirograph-like works of art and adults can spend a long time exploring the many different effects made possible by switching up the settings.  Wonderful opportunities for open, creative play, subtly reinforcing the concept of symmetry.

Age group: Baby/toddler
Tags: Art, Google Play, Math, Science

Symmetry Lab

Symmetry Lab Basic

Symmetry Lab

Symmetry Lab Basic

Luke Bradford Apps

Reviewed on 11/11/14
Free on | iOS

This app should really be labeled "all ages" because it has so many  different options to explore on so many different levels.  Babies will be entertained by the kaleidoscopic swirls, toddlers will love the opportunities to create swirls of color using the slightest of touches, older kids will enjoy making careful spirograph-like works of art and adults can spend a long time exploring the many different effects made possible by switching up the settings.  Wonderful opportunities for open, creative play, subtly reinforcing the concept of symmetry.

Age group: Baby/toddler
Tags: Art, Math, Science

Luke Bradford Apps

Free on | iOS

Age: Baby/toddler

Topics: Art, Math, Science

 

Press Here

Press Here

Press Here

Press Here

Chronicle Books

Reviewed on 10/31/14
Paid on | iOS

(By Herve Tullet) The print book is almost an app already. This app incorporates new games not in the book, taking it just a step or two further. Perfect.

Age group: Preschool
Tags: Art, Book App, Concepts, Favorites

Faces iMake

Faces iMake

Faces iMake

Faces iMake

iMagine Machine Israel LTD

Reviewed on 10/30/14
Paid on | iOS

Create a picture using found objects combined in an infinite variety of ways, based on the artwork of children’s book illustrator, Hanoch Piven. There are so many ways to play with this app. It truly has freeplay and the instructive videos encourage participants to just play around with the objects, not worrying about doing it right or wrong.  This app is entertaining for ALL ages. There is one song sung over and over which can get a bit annoying after 10 minutes of repetition, but overall, a well-designed open-ended creative app!  Tags: 

Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Tags: Art, Concepts, Growing Up

Color Uncovered

Color Uncovered

Exploratorium

Reviewed on 10/30/14
Free on | iOS | Google Play

And Sound Uncovered. Both of these apps were created in partnership with San Francisco's Exploratorium.  They include lots of fun optical and aural illusions.  There's a lot of text to explain the different phenomena that the app covers, so this is best suited for independent readers or for families enjoying them all together.

Age group: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5
Tags: Art, Concepts, Family Play, Science

Lazoo Art Box

Lazoo Art Box

Lazoo Art Box

Lazoo Art Box

PBS Kids

Reviewed on 10/10/14
Paid on | iOS

Scribbling is an important pre-writing skill.  This app gives simple drawing prompts that allow kids to try their scribbling skills on pre-illustrated scenes.  When they're done scribbling with their finger, they press the "GO!" button and their drawings come to life!  With a nice variety of pre-illustrated scenes as well as a variety of colors and drawing "tools" to choose from, this free app has a lot to offer.  [This review was written for a previous version of the app called "Lazoo Squiggles." The current version increases the play value with two new sections called "Let's Draw" and "Let's Color."]

Age group: Preschool
Tags: Art, Concepts, Early Literacy, Things that Go