Best Creative Apps

Your device's screen is a magnet for little fingers, so why not channel their curiosity with your phone or tablet into a creative experience? These apps allow kids to color pictures, play around with photos, make music, express themselves in writing, and tinker and build with digital tools. Want more ideas to spark inspiration? Check out our Modern Kids' Guide to Crafting, Coding, Composing, and More, and see the creative juices soar.

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Sago Mini Hat Maker App Poster Image
Toddlers create hats freely with simple, fun tools.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Art Class with Dr. Panda App Poster Image
Fun, directed crafts best as inspiration for offscreen art.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2015)
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Beck and Bo App Poster Image
Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2012)
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Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer App Poster Image
Kids' art becomes virtual furniture; best with toy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Mac, Izzy & Friends App Poster Image
Kids explore, experiment, create with fun tools and prompts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY App Poster Image
Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Sago Mini Monsters App Poster Image
Safe and silly fun for little monster-makers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Toca Band App Poster Image
Super cute music app lets kids mix beats and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2013)
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Bord App Poster Image
Nearly flawless chalkboard app with some clever surprises.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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Bug Art App Poster Image
Beautiful bugs inspire creativity in well-rounded app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Doc McStuffins Color and Play App Poster Image
Creative fun with impressive toolbox of art supplies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Easy-to-use story creator is also a fun art app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2013)
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Drawing Pad App Poster Image
Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Elmer’s Photo Patchwork App Poster Image
Use camera to create collages; few options for further fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Lipa Theater: Story Maker App Poster Image
Create and record stories in cute digital puppet theater.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Nick Jr Draw & Play App Poster Image
App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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The Complete Fairytale Play Theater App Poster Image
Creative open-ended storytelling, but some drawbacks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity App Poster Image
Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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LOOPIMAL by YATATOY App Poster Image
Create sound sequences with music blocks, cute creatures.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Plum's Creaturizer App Poster Image
Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Toca Hair Salon 2 App Poster Image
More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Creativas Fashion Design Studio App Poster Image
Fabulously fun fashion school requires printer.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Yumi | Story Dice App Poster Image
Cute, open-ended storytelling app can give inspiration.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Toontastic 3D App Poster Image
Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2017)
(2017)
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Toca Builders App Poster Image
Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Art Set App Poster Image
Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Blox 3D World Creator App Poster Image
Solid world-builder with learning curve boosts creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2016)
(2015)
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Pippapips App Poster Image
Paper dolls go high-tech for fashion design fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games App Poster Image
Play, create, and share interactive games and lessons.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Book Creator App Poster Image
Magically easy way to create and publish books.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
(2016)
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Diary Zapp App Poster Image
Kids capture their days through words, photos, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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ExplorArt Klee - The Art of Paul Klee, for Kids App Poster Image
Gorgeous interactive book makes art history playful.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine App Poster Image
Young filmmakers will delight in empowering stop-motion app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Maverick - Social just for you App Poster Image
Vibrant positivity encourages girls' creativity, activism.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Minecraft - Pocket Edition App Poster Image
Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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Strip Designer App Poster Image
Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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Toca Hair Salon Me App Poster Image
Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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VidMaker - 3D MovieMaker for Kids App Poster Image
Make videos starring robots for fun, learning, or both.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Big Nate: Comix By U! App Poster Image
Bright, creative app will inspire kids' inner cartoonist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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MoShow - Slideshow Movie Maker App Poster Image
Fun, easy, animated slideshows turn kids into movie makers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Comics Head Lite - Create Your Own Comic App Poster Image
Cool comic creator fosters creativity; better to buy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences App Poster Image
Silly sentences promote creative-writing and grammar skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2013)
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GarageBand App Poster Image
Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac
(2013)
(2017)
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Photo Editor by Aviary App Poster Image
Just enough options for shutterbug teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Style Studio: Fashion Designer App Poster Image
Better than similar fashion games found on consoles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2011)
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Scribblenauts Remix App Poster Image
Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
(2011)
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SKIT! Kids - Video Maker App Poster Image
Social media storytelling in safe space for tweens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Springin' - Create, Share, and Play App Poster Image
Game creator has great potential but steep learning curve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker App Poster Image
Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2012)
(2017)
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Magisto - Magical Video Editor App Poster Image
Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Paper by FiftyThree App Poster Image
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Procreate App Poster Image
Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2016)
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Autodesk Sketchbook App Poster Image
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
(2013)
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Lily - Playful Music Creation App Poster Image
Compose pretty, rhythmic tunes, then save and share.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2017)
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StoryCorps App Poster Image
Capturing and sharing family stories couldn't be easier.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Video Star App Poster Image
Great tool for creating music videos; some sharing concerns.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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We Are Here DIYdoc App Poster Image
Simple DIY documentary tool helps kids share their stories.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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ArtStudio - Draw, Paint and Edit Photo App Poster Image
Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2013)
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PicsArt - Photo Studio App Poster Image
Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2013)
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