Great Apps and Sites for Digital Creation

Introduce your kids to tech forward versions of their favorite activities like painting, coding, and crafting. They'll have so much fun, they may never go back to the physical versions.

Browse Great Apps and Sites for Digital Creation

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Kids learn storytelling basics as they create cartoons.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Create quirky projects in fun time-management sim.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Learn about birds by solving a fun mystery.
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Platforms: Windows
(2007)
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Play composer with this kid-friendly music site.
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URL: http://www.creatingmusic.com/
(2009)
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7
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Excellent art sim lets players' creative sides flourish.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
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Great physics game with cute story, requires steady hand.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac
(2010)
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Thorough, fun lessons will genuinely help your art.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Simple app lets kids craft their own books to read or share.
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Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
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Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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Wildly creative game lets kids stretch their imagination.
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Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
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Fun motion controls improve an already great creative game.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2011)
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Creative kart racer lets kids set their imagination loose.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2012)
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Graphical application gives kids a taste of programming.
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URL: http://scratch.mit.edu/
(2009)
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Jewelry sim stimulates creativity with thousands of designs.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2009)
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Brilliant physics-based puzzler turns player into engineer.
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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2008)
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9
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Cast and create fun films starring coral reef creatures.
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URL: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/sea/interactive_module.cfm?id=20
(2006)
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Turn photos into comics if you can navigate clunky controls.
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Devices: iPad
(2011)
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2-D physics sandbox fosters awesome inventions.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
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Read, write, share -- there's no wrong way to enjoy a book.
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URL: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
(2012)
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Creative Disney adventure lets kids build own games.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2013)
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Music and social networking combine in safe, cool hangout.
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URL: http://www.franktownrocks.com/
(2012)
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Grand adventure teaches you to design your own games.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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Powerful sequencer lets kids create pro-quality recordings.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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Exciting but technically flawed city-building simulation.
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Platforms: Windows
(2013)
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Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Great way for kids to learn critical thinking.
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URL: http://www.mypopstudio.com
(2012)
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
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Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
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Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.
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URL: http://animoto.com/
(2012)
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Innovative tool for programming on the iPad.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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12
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Vast collection of global art brings the museums to you.
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URL: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
(2013)
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Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools.
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URL: http://www.pixton.com
(2012)
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Fun indie combines music, platforming, and creativity.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
(2012)
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Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
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Smart site gives teens hands-on experience with coding.
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URL: http://www.codecademy.com
(2012)
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Easy app takes the traditional whiteboard to a new level.
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Devices: iPad
(2012)
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Fun photo sharing app with audio has some privacy concerns.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Fun, do-it-yourself cartoons for budding teen animators.
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URL: http://goanimate.com/
(2009)
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Sophisticated look back in time via geo-located images.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Collaborative drawing tool helps distant families play.
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Platforms: Google+
(2012)
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Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art.
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Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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Creative, supportive forum for teens to share their work.
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URL: http://www.teenink.com
(2009)
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Rocket-building sim helps determined kids reach the stars.
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
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14
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Awesome video creator presents some privacy concerns.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Create amazing art with ease; some nudes in online gallery.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)