Friday, May 19, 2017

Children’s iPad App, HangArt

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

HangArt is an app for children that combines word play with art - two of my favourite things!

From the developer:

In HangArt, children practice 200 K-3 spelling sight words in a three-part literacy playground: Play Hangman, Word Gallery, and Story Studio

A family and classroom friendly word game. Say goodbye to the violent, macabre image of a man on a noose that has long been associated with the hangman game. Our "hangman" is a friendly guy who hangs from a monkey bar. In our fill-in-the-blank word-guessing game, each correct letter guess is rewarded with the reveal of part of an illustration of the missing word. When you lose a word, our "hanging man" falls off the monkey bar. When you win a word, you are rewarded with a complete original illustration of that word. Our original drawings celebrate the diversity and many are inspired by art, culture, and history!

Children draw their own pictures of the words they win using our custom drawing tool. They can also watch video playbacks of the original illustrations in the app, created by illustrator Kavita Ramchandran.

Children record, save, and playback digital, animated stories using their winning words!
What I liked:

It’s always good to find apps for kids with no in-app purchases required. HangArt also has the benefit of not needing internet to play it. The focus is on playing a game about words - whether by spelling them (filling in the blanks with letters), drawing a picture to represent a word, tracing over letters or creating a story about a word. This is not a bells and whistles app, just a solid educational app which nevertheless has fun and creativity built into it.

I also really appreciate the support available at the HangArt website. There’s a thorough and useful guide for grown-ups to help their kids get the most from the app. I love it when developers realise that the best way to use a tablet is in the context of a family or a class, not to use it as a baby-sitting device.

At currently $Au2.99 I recommend HangArt as a reasonably priced app for your child’s iPad.

Here’s a video that will give you a peek inside the HangArt app.

Where do I get it?

Check out all of my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page. I’ll be adding this app to my List of iPad Puzzle Apps for Kids.

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