Children's iPad App, Nature Workshop
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
From the developer:
- This application is appropriate for kids of all ages.
- This app has a kid-friendly design, and is easy to use.
- This app includes 158 nature items like different stones, shells, leaves, sticks and twings, acorns and chestnuts, nuts, sand etc. from which you can create whatever you want
- 10 colorful backgrounds available in the application. You can also add your own background image from the iPad camera roll
- 10 colorful markers, which can be used to decorate your creations
- The pictures created are stored and displayed right in the application
- You can add a name to your creations
- You can also save your masterpiece as an image to your device
What I liked:
Navigation is simple and obvious, with a menu at the side containing the different elements to create with, and a bar at the top showing functions that allow you to edit each element. You can move them easily with a finger, but also increase/decrease their size, as well as rotate them via this same editing bar. Very young kids might find this a little fiddly at first, but they’ll soon get the hang of it with parental guidance. I thought the inclusion of letters and numbers was great. You can see an example of letters in the picture of Krudge I created with the app, in the middle of the larger image, above.
I really hope kids go on from the app to create art with things they collect from the natural world. Because you can save an image to the camera roll, the app might also be a great way to create characters for their stories, and kids could add their creations to a comic editor too.
While the developers say the app suits kids of all ages, I think older kids may quickly get bored with it. However, if you’re looking for something that encourages your children under 10 to play with picture building, I believe it may well suit. I'll be adding this app to my list: Creating with Kids and iPad Apps.
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