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Arts & Crafts are an important part of childhood development

Best iPad Craft & Construction Apps for ChildrenArts & Crafts are an important part of childhood development.  Crafts are an important part of every day at homeschool.  iPad offers many of the creative and visual developmental processes that a traditional primary school curriculum offers - usually once a week via an Art-Cart.  As a trained K-18 Art Teacher, I can speak authoritatively about this.  

Many of the lesson plans I created were designed to get the most out of children in each developmental stage.  This was challenging, to say the least. 

iPad has changed Art Education... permanently!  

Cross-Hatching Technique on PaperLOTS of time involved in teaching ART is getting everything in on place, ready to start! And lots more goes in cleaning it all up again.  Art shouldn't be about tidying up, it should be about being creative. Here's an example of my Art lessons on cross-hatching, in real time:

  • Let's get set up.  Tap.  Okay, all set up. 
  • "Okay, here's how you to it..." I say.
  • Tap pencil, make criss - cross lines
  • Make jagged scratchy lines.
  • Tap, tap, scratchy lines the other way...  Done. 
  • "Understand?  Any questions?" I ask.
  • A short pause.
  • "Yes Dad. Can I go try that on my iPad (or on paper) now?" 
  • "Yes, you sure can," I say
  • Art lesson finished!  
  • Tap
  • All cleaned up!

This is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE for teaching aesthetics, methods and techniques than that Art Cart I pushed around for years - read about my take on iPad & Art Education.   

Here are the best iPad Apps for Art & Creativity we've found.  I encourage you to explore your own creativity.  It's good for you. 

iPad Family's Favourite iPad Craft & Construction Apps, Reviewed

An excellent creativity app to make, bake and decorate all shapes of cakes with literally thousands of options!
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Decorate one of 5 Christmas Trees with baubles, lights, decorations and presents...fun and relaxing with a selection of Christmas music!
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Group your images beautifully and artistically using this fluid and flexible app with hundreds of possibilities!
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Unleash your imagination as you create all types of cookies and decorate them.
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Create hundreds of different vehicles for hours of fun and imagination!
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Excellent, easy to use animation studio with shapes, great educational and fun App for children of all ages.
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Create your own clothing designs, from 4 different garment types and hundreds of decoration possibilities!
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Create fabulous photographic montages in seconds with this awesome iPad photo framing App!
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Beautifully illustrated app for making and decorating your own gingerbread house!
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Keynote IS what presentation compilation should be. Intuitive, quick and easy & beautiful!
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Sculpt in 3D with this wonderfully designed and engaging iPad App!
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Learning maths have almost never been so much fun!
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Minecraft is one iPad Apps that makes using an iPad extraordinary.
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Monster Physics engages children in building machines and contraptions that work!
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Designing made easy - Make posters, postcards, photographs with text in this easy to use, well designed app, it's the one you've been waiting for!
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The BEST word processing App for iPad, hands down!
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Unleash your creativity and create a unique vehicle each time from hundreds of parts!
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Beautifully illustrated, colourful creation app offering lots of magical fun for very little people.
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A wonderful app filled with great quality graphics to make your own pages and albums - fun for all the family!
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Totally unique game of creativity, problem solving and unlimited imagination...type in any word and watch it come to life!
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Design and decorate your own snowmen, trees and castles, great imaginative fun for small to older children and special needs.
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Creative and fun filled platform game: the Number One 2D Building app we've found!
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Create exact patterns with coloured squares and shapes by copying the wide range of mosaic pictures.
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Awesome App to Design your own clothing including style, fabric, finishing touches and accessories.
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Create, launch & fly your own rocket! Perfect App for toddlers and younger children.
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Simple to use creative App helping your child to construct their own submarine and launch it into the ocean!
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Excellent book creator App for book writing, story telling, diary and memoirs. It's easy to use and versatile, perfect for toddlers upwards!
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