Inspiration for Your Young Makers: Easy to Use Digital Tools for Summer Projects

If your child is interested in creating, age-appropriate software can open up a world of experience and expression.

This time of year is great for getting outside and being active, but kids can also get bored without the daily routine of school. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to engage kids in ongoing creative projects with their smart devices. Even for the younger ones, there are so many possibilities on the market that inspiration is not very far away.

If your middle schooler likes movies (and who doesn’t?) maybe now is a good time to introduce the idea of making one themselves. The Wondershare Filmora app provides a range of basic to sophisticated tools for drag-and-drop style editing. This is such a potentially powerful introduction to the medium that kids become engrossed immediately. http://www.wondershare.com/video-editor/mac/

Music lessons are totally priceless, and we understand more now about how music enhances development as well as social skills. The technology has advanced so far that it is easy to record, edit, modify and compose right on a smart device. The Orchestra is a beautifully constructed app that invites kids to explore the various instruments, understand the structure of large ensemble pieces and start to create their own arrangements. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/the-orchestra

If your kids are more visually inclined, give them the task of creating a collage out of the vacation photos, or organizing old albums into interesting arrangements. The Pic Collage App is intuitive, creative and offers a really fun visual experiment. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pic-collage-for-kids-best/id977081997?mt=8

All these possibilities are available on the Apple platform and draw kids into their own imaginations. Whether they like storytelling, music, photography or all three, these apps can turn into a summer project that provides a sense of accomplishment and experimentation the whole family can appreciate.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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