Friday, November 9, 2018

Children’s iPad App, Caterpillar Creative Play

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Caterpillar Creative Play is an app available in iOS and Android. The developer is StoryToys which have a range of book and story-related apps.

From the developers:

• Over 40 unique textures and papers based on Eric Carle’s beautiful hand-painted collage illustrations
• A range of templates from Eric Carle’s best-selling books - The Very Hungry Caterpillar™, Brown Bear, The Mixed Up Chameleon, Mister Seahorse, The Very Quiet Cricket and many more
• Blank canvases - let your imagination run wild!
• Experiment with layering: group or ungroup objects or rearrange layers with simple touch gestures
• Save and view your masterpieces in your very own gallery
• Seasonal surprises throughout the year
• Featuring full support for Force Touch on relevant devices
• Compatible with the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

What I liked:

I really liked the way the app is faithful to The Hungry Caterpillar books’ illustrations. There are colourful digital prints to choose from, and kids can fill sections of a range of templates with each one if they want. They could also fill with plain colour via a digital paintbrush or pencil. There’s even more room for creativity if children ignore the templates and just choose a print and “cut out” any shapes by drawing with a finger. I had lots of fun doing this and it’s satisfying to play with the colours and patterns.

There’s an educational side too. Kids will practise their hand-eye co-ordination by tracing the dotted lines of the templates. Older kids could use a stylus for even more accuracy of tracing. But most of all I loved how creative this app is. It would go perfectly with any Eric Carle read-aloud or be a great choice for Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. It’s one of those apps that will suit a range of ages, and grow with children.

It can be used to a limited extent by any child old enough to draw and close a shape with a finger. This is so kids can fill that "closed" shape with a patterned print via the scissors icon. I read some reviews complaining that the tracing was too hard for some kids, but to me, this is where parents should be playing too, and make it free play rather than urging kids to “get it right”. Have fun together and enjoy playing with digital art!

Where to 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 apps that kids can create with. Below is a video to show you more:

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