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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Beautiful discovery app combines logic and creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Kids explore, experiment, create with fun tools and prompts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Innovative combo of paper, app, and ABCs.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Safe and silly fun for little monster-makers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Super cute music app lets kids mix beats and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Nearly flawless chalkboard app with some clever surprises.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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Beautiful bugs inspire creativity in well-rounded app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Creative fun with impressive toolbox of art supplies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Easy-to-use story creator is also a fun art app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Great drawing app is a window to self-expression.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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App promotes creation with cool tools, favorite characters.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Create and record stories in cute digital puppet theater.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Create sound sequences with music blocks, cute creatures.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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More tools, characters, and hair-styling fun in nice sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Rollicking monster-truck fun, minus the noise.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Create amazing multi-scene cartoons with musical scores.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Well-done Minecraft-style app great for younger kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2013)
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Deluxe creative tool will wow artists young and old.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Magically easy way to create and publish books.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
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Young filmmakers will delight in empowering stop-motion app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Kids play hair stylist for mom, the dog, or even themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Bright, creative app will inspire kids' inner cartoonist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Silly sentences promote creative-writing and grammar skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Just enough options for shutterbug teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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Better than similar fashion games found on consoles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
(2011)
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Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook
(2012)
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Automated video maker is fast and fun but has limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2013)
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Great tool for creating music videos; some sharing concerns.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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