By Aimee Heckel
Technology gets such a bad rap. It’s turning our kids antisocial. It’s melting our brains and killing our creativity.
And OK, maybe it is — if we don’t teach our kids how to use it properly and with balance.
But a little dose of the right kinds of technology can enhance your children’s creativity, too.
Here are a few of our favorite apps to boost children’s creativity — paired with some off-line ways to keep everyone in balance.
1. CREATIVE STORYTELLING.
Online: StoryPanda, $2.99.
With this iPad app, your kids can personalize and change a story. They can pick everything from the names of the characters to the location. StoryPanda’s website calls this a unique form of interactive, collaborative storytelling that makes it extra fun for families to read together.
Offline: Hallmark’s recordable storybooks, $29.95.
Record your own voice — or your children’s voices — reading a book, such as “All The Ways I Love You.” The book stores the recording to listen to for years to come. Find recordable storybooks at Kohl’s, and save money on them by using a Kohl’s coupon.
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2. BUILD YOUR OWN BOOK.
Online: StoryKit, free.
You can’t beat free. StoryKit takes personalized storytelling to the next level. It allows you to design your own electronic storybook, using your own photos, text, illustrations, sounds — even choose your own layout. This app is relatively basic, but in that, it’s easy, and a great way to spend some quality, creative time with your child online.
Offline: Crayola Mess-Free Fingerpaint and Paper, $8.39.
There’s something intensely satisfying about getting your hands dirty — and kids do learn from their sense of touch. Don’t limit your children’s experiences to virtual. A good ol’ fashioned fingerpainting party is great fun for the family. Plus, this kit is on sale right now.
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