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Creating with Children and iPad Apps

A list of iPad apps (and articles about them) I recommend at www.thebookchook.com that educators can use with children for creating. The creation process may include talking, making a video, drawing, writing, creating a cartoon...anything that requires creativity.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Caterpillar Creative Play

What is the iOS and Android app, Caterpillar Creative Play, all about? And does it have something to do with Eric Carle? Find out more at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: School

What is the children's app, Toca Life: School, all about? Read all about it in the review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: App Review: Tell a Tale with Comic Life 3

What is the Mac, Windows and iOS app, Comic Life 3, all about? Check out my review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Me: A Kid’s Diary by Tinybop

What is the app, Me: A Kid's Diary by Tinybop, all about? Check out the review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: Stable

What is the children's iPad app, Toca Life: Stables, all about? Read the review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Fox and Sheep Movie Studio

What is the children's app, Fox and Sheep Movie Studio, all about? " It’s always great to find an app that encourages children to create something, especially if that is to create a story. In Fox and Sheep Movie Creator, the story is in the form of a little movie. Children start by choosing characters, then move on to choose a background, and finally tap an icon to choose music." Read more about it at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Play School Art Maker

What is the children's iPad app, Play School Art Maker, all about? "This app is free, and navigation is simple. Kids will recognize their favourites from the TV, and there are art and craft items that can be manipulated as well. I liked that children can add Humpty, Jemima or one of the Teds to their own scenes/photos..." Read more at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: Farm

What is the children's iPad app, Toca Life: Farm, all about? "Again the emphasis is on children exploring and having fun rather than competing. I love apps that encourage kids to create and use their imaginations rather than raising anxiety levels with zombie slaughter!" Read more in my review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Scribble Press

What is the children's iPad app, Scribble Press, all about? Check out my review at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: City

What is the children's iPad app, Toca Life: City, all about? Lots to explore and experiment with. Check out my review for more.

The Book Chook: Children’s iPad App, Creature Garden by Tinybop

What is the children's iPad app, Creature Garden by Tinybop, all about? Read about it at The Book Chook.

Review: iPad App, Assembly

What is the iPad app, Assembly, all about? "Assembly is an iPad/iPhone app that we can use to create an image. I think it’s a great app to use in an educational context because it means kids are making their own images rather than navigating the minefield of finding an image online, and ensuring they have permission to use it." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's iPad App, Toontastic 3D

What is the free Toontastic 3D app for kids all about?

Children’s iPad App, TotemUp

What is the children's iPad app, TotemUp, all about?

Children’s iPad App, Draw and Tell HD

What's the children's iPad app, Draw and Tell HD, all about? Read my review at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, Artie’s Magic Pencil

What is the children's iPad app, Artie's Magic Pencil, all about? Read the review at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, Create Storytime - Write Magical Stories for Kids

What is the children's iPad app, Create Storytime - Write Magical Stories for Kids, all about? Great scaffolding for young writers wanting to tell a story. Read all about it at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, Faces iMake

What is the children's iPad app, Faces iMake, all about? Read about it at The Book Chook.

Using iPad App, PicsArt, with Pencil

Users can now draw over the top of a picture in PicsArt, using the stylus, Pencil. Read my tips at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, ShapeKit

Here’s a great app that combines learning and fun. It reminds me a little of the plastic tangram sets we had in Kindergarten classes - they were very popular. The kids loved to create their own pictures with shapes, and tell stories about them. While doing this, unbeknownst to them, they were developing spatial reasoning and shape awareness. Read about it at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, The Complete Fairytale Play Theater

This app really encourages kids to create their own stories. They must choose a stage setting, characters, props and a music soundtrack. As they slowly build a story, they can add more scenes, move characters around and even add their own voice as narrator of the story. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App Review, Farm Story Maker Activity Game

Here’s a fun and creative iPad app that’s just right for kids five and under. Farm Story Maker Activity Game encourages children to create scenes with stickers.

From the developer:

Lily's farm is full of crazy ANIMATED critters from chickens to cows to airplanes and pizza! Pick from 9 locations like the PIG PEN or FRESH VEGGIES garden and build any scene you can imagine with 100 funny, cuddly and wild stickers!

...and even more are on the way in future updates!

EACH STICKER HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE SOUND AND ANIMATION
Just tap and release a sticker to see and hear its custom animation and sound effect!

Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, Sago Mini Monsters

"I had the chance to play with Sago Mini Monsters recently, and it truly is lots of fun. It’s an opportunity for children to create because they can decorate the early part of their monster with finger painting, then tap/swipe to choose/reject offered stickers for embellishment."

Read complete review at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, CHOMP by Christoph Niemann

"In a nutshell, CHOMP encourages kids to make very easy short videos with Christoph Niemann’s funky art work and their own faces." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s iPad App, Acrostic Poem

Previously I’ve reviewed several ReadWriteThink apps. You may remember Word Mover and Trading Cards, Theme Poems, Alphabet Organizer, Diamante and Haiku? Acrostic Poem is another free app by generous developers, ReadWriteThink. It’s a great way to introduce children to writing poetry because it supports them and gives them a concrete framework to operate in. Read more at The Book Chook.