TECH: Get creative with technology

20 July 2017

Worried that screen time is hindering your little one’s creativity? Nowadays there are stacks of apps and interactive games that integrate technology with creativity, sparking imagination and curiosity in the most tech-hungry of kids. 

 

APPS

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

$4.49 on iPhone and iPad 

Inspired by Eric Carle’s beautiful, original artwork, and featuring the much-loved Very Hungry Caterpillar, this stunning app is designed to spark your child’s creative exploration, cultivate imaginative thinking and encourage artistic expression.

 

Toca Builders

$4.99 on iPhone and iPad 

Toca Builders is a new way of creating and crafting things with blocks, that encourages both creativity and curiosity. With simple touch gestures and unique controls the builders come alive and help create a world only you can dream up. 

 

Artie’s Magic Pencil

$4.49 on iPhone and iPad 

Artie’s Magic Pencil is an interactive learning adventure that teaches children the fundamentals of drawing to inspire them to get creative both on and off the screen. 

 

Faces iMake

$4.49 on iPad 

This app encourages right brain activity and it’s a great way for kids to relax, unwind, have some fun, and most importantly use their imagination. 

 

The Robot Factory

$6.99 on iPhone and iPad 

The Robot Factory is an open-ended building app that let kids ages 6+ create, test, play with, and collect whatever they can imagine. 

 

Wizard School

Free on iPhone and iPad 

Wizard School inspires curiosity and creative thinking. Explore fascinating topics, create something with fun stickers, and share your creations with family and friends.

 

Crayola ColorStudio HD

Free on iPad 

This app turns your iPad into a colourful drawing pad. The iMarker stylus unlocks ColorStudio HD’s world of colouring options, it available at major retailers and online at www.griffintechnology.com/crayola.

 

LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise

Free with in-app purchases on iPhone and iPad 

In LEGO Juniors Create & Cruise, children age 4–7 can use their imagination to create their very own LEGO vehicles and minifigures. 

 

INTERACTIVE TOYS

 

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Osmo

$49–$289

www.playosmo.com

Osmo is an award-winning game system that changes how your child interacts with the iPad, opening it up to hands-on play. Using blocks to control characters, Osmo introduces coding, word games, shapes and basic physics concepts to children age five and up. For the little artist, Osmo Monster brings your drawings to life, as they become part of magical animated activities. 

 

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Sphero

$199.95

www.apple.com/au

Sphero SPRK is a transparent robot in a ball that makes coding super-fun for kids. Via the kid-friendly SPRK Lightning Lab app users code the ball to roll, flip, spin, change colour, creating increasingly complex instructions. The app uses a block-based building interface that makes learning the basics of coding tangible and fun. Simply drag and drop the actions to give the ball orders and watch it roll! 

 

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Coco Color

$34.95 USD

www.cococolor.com

Coco Color is a simple digital stylus that turns your device into a page. The buttons offer a range of 48 colours as well as the ability to adapt your strokes using pen, pencil, pastel or paint. You can also choose your colouring style and stroke size. Simply doodle via the Coco Color app, or download the Voyager app to colour your way through 12 fun and magical voyages. 

 

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Roominate Studio

RRP: $49.99

www.kidstuff.com.au

A 70-piece set where you are the architect, engineer and designer, building a studio for Alice and her puppy. Design rooms, wire the motor to make an elevator or carousel, and when you are done, take it apart and build something new! Teaching basic circuitry, problem solving and creativity, there are several Roominate packs to choose from.

 

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MaKey MaKey

$75.94 

www.makeymakeyaustralia.com.au

Makey Makey is an invention kit for everyone. Using alligator clips to connect everyday objects to the Makey Makey you can turn a banana into a piano, a drawing into a joystick, or whatever else you can imagine. The opportunities are endless! 

 

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DIY Synth Kit

$59.95 

shop.australiangeographic.com.au

Discover the joys of electronic music and make your own synthesizer! Connect the parts together to get your first taste of programming and electronics. Then, once you’ve built it, test out your music skills, experimenting with frequency, pitch and volume. 

 

SOFTWARE

 

Garage Band

Free

www.apple.com/au/mac/garageband/

Turn your apple device into an instrument, record tracks, edit and add vocals with this simple yet professional music program. Easy enough for 6-year olds but robust enough for older kids to dig a little deeper the app offers extensive features, allowing users to connect and record, using digital or real instruments. There is a desktop version for those with a mac, and an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Comes pre-installed on iOS devices, or find on the app store. 

 

iMovie

Free

www.apple.com/au/imovie/

A super-simple free app for iPad, iPhone and mac in which you can combine video, photos, audio to make movies and trailer-style videos. Blend your favourite tune with a collage of pictures, or turn your trip to the park into an adrenaline-fueled trailer, it’s a lot of fun and easy enough for little ones to use. Comes pre-installed on most iOS devices, or find on the app store.

 

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela recently swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. With two parenting books published and many years spent writing in the lifestyle and parenting sector, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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