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Kids' Apps and Games to Make Summer Days Fun

You've got a creative kid, and summer break gives your kid more time to stretch those creative muscles in fun ways. And creativity is more than arts and music -- making, tinkering, and experimenting are all ways kids can be creative. Whether they want to write code for a video game or make an origami crane, kids can explore their creative side with some of our favorite apps, games, and websites. Let the making begin!

What's Your Kid's Favorite Way to Be Creative?

These categories can help guide you to the best creativity tools based on your kids' interests. We also give tips and activities you can use to support your kids as they make and create!

Crafting and Creating Art

Drawing, fashion, cooking, and more


Creating comics, books, and oral stories


Learning the ins and outs of programming

Creating Media

Making music, video, and animation


Inventing contraptions, structures, and cities

Here are our favorite sites for educators as a starting place to learn more about apps and the latest "news" to stay informed about the possibilities!

iPads in Education - Scoop It
This site provides news, reviews, resources and more on the use of iPads in the learning environment.

APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

Teaching like it's 2999
Gain insights from Jennie Magiera's Blog as she works with teachers in Chicago area schools to support learning with digital resources.


TEACHTHOUGHT explores new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing
K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today.