Top-Rated Apps and Games for Creative Kids
Top-Rated Apps and Games for Creative Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

There are millions of apps and websites in the digital world, and although it’s sometimes hard to ensure that kids are being responsible and productive with their devices, there are some programs that have provided valuable learning opportunities for kids for many years. Common Sense Media has compiled numerous lists of website, game, and app (as well as movie, book, and TV) reviews to help parents and kids decide which ones to visit and download in order to have a positive experience. Here are some of the top contenders for gifted and creative students:

  • NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. This kid-friendly version of National Novel Writing Month is full of advice and encouragement for those who challenge themselves to write a novel in one month. The process of writing a novel is broken down into understandable terms on this app, and it presents the challenge as a fun task that enhances motivation and accountability in kids.

  • GarageBand. Kids who are interested in music can explore the endless possibilities for creation on this great audio production tool. People of any skill level are able to jump into this app and successfully create a variety of projects.

  • Autodesk Sketchbook. This program may not be the best introduction to drawing and digital painting, but for those who have some experience, the value of this app is unbeatable. Its beautiful graphics and ease-of-use make it one of the top-rated digital art tools, and kids can explore their creativity by following tutorials or free-drawing.

  • The Infinite Arcade by Tinybop. With this app, kids can learn the basics of video game production. They can create their own games and explore others’ while absorbing the skills they learn along the way, like defining problems and devising solutions.

  • Lumino City. This adventurous puzzle game guides players through a beautifully animated world to help the protagonist, Lumi, save her grandfather. The challenges will hone kids’ problem solving, pattern recognition, and perseverance skills.

  • Minecraft. Kids can use their vibrant imaginations to create custom worlds and products in this sandbox-style game. Minecraft has a large following for a reason: It is player-led, and you get out what you put in. It can be whatever you want it to be!
  • Google Arts and Culture. This app is a great way for kids to discover information about art, science, and history, as well as find out about cultural events and exhibitions happening near them. It’s an invaluable treasure trove of cultural content right at their fingertips.