Creative Project Apps For Crafty Kids

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Thanksgiving in Canada comes earlier than in America, and this year I've been given the honor of entertaining some young guests. Although I could use tech to make my life easier by playing some games, I've decided to take an alternate path and prove that smartphones have a creative side, too. My only restriction is for the device not to be used hands-on, but only to deliver instructions or to be a tool. In the end all I'll need are some craft supplies, a knowledgeable app and some imagination.

iOS

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Left: PLAY-DOH Play-Dates - Right: Wilton Cake Ideas & More

PLAY-DOH Play-Dates
When you think bright, colorful and creative, Play-Doh instantly comes to mind, and their app delivers just that. It provides a how-to guide on creating certain animals or characters and allows you to catalogue them before tearing them down to build something new. It also includes a Storybook Creator mode where you can turn those creations into characters for a custom made tale written by you! Free

Wilton Cake Ideas & More
If the kitchen is available, then some inventive baking is a great way to teach responsibility and the rewards that come from getting your hands a little dirty. Choose from an extensive list of over 3000 baked goods and find ways to decorate them with this colorful, informative and innovative app that focuses on the aesthetics of cooking. The search filter includes holiday celebrations such as Christmas, Fourth of July or Halloween. Free

Android

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Left: Lapse It Pro - Right: How to Make Origami 3D

Lapse It Pro
One project that's a good demonstration of the benefits of patience and creativity is the art of stop motion animation. Prop up your Android (or iOS) device on a stand or tripod and use it as a camera while little fingers manipulate a scene made from clay models, Legos or action figures. Videos can be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube or saved to the photo album and streamed over to the big screen later for the whole family to see. $2
Also available for iOS

How to Make Origami 3D
The act of folding a piece of paper demonstrates the potential in everyday objects (plus it's loads of fun!). How to Make Origami 3D clearly demonstrates how to make numerous shapes using the ancient Japanese art, with step by step 3D animation for additional clarity. Create the classic crane, a little rabbit, or choose from the selection of 22 shapes in total. Free
Also available for iOS

Windows Phone 7

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Left: How to Draw for Kids - Right: Paper Snow

How to Draw for Kids
There's nothing quite like pencil on paper to me — the possibilities are endless. A little step by step instruction can help when starting out, and that's where How to Draw comes in. There are 6 categories to choose from, with 72 tutorials in total providing detailed instructions on how to draw animals, vehicles, people, creatures, cartoons and dinosaurs. After a bit of practice (and confidence) free scrawling will be a lot more fulfilling. $1

Paper Snow
We all know what comes after the leaves fall from the trees. Although it's a little too early for it, paper snowflakes are still a blast to make. Paper snow lets you create snowflakes on your Windows Smartphone. Using trial and error with virtual paper, you can plan for the real deal. Draw triangles, squares, pentagons, stars and any manner of shape to make your one in a million snowflake come to life so you can replicate it with real paper and scissors. Free

(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above.)

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