These great creativity apps can be used for creative projects at multiple ages in multiple subject areas. Try one today with your class. Be sure to let us know how it works! (Use the comments below to share your feedback and help other teachers.)
Movie/Video creation and editing:
iMovie helps you turn the HD video you shoot on your iOS device into a thrilling trailer or masterpiece worthy of the red carpet (even if it’s just the one in your living room). And since iMovie is designed for Multi-Touch, all you have to do is tap, swipe, and drag to make some movie magic.
Videolicious: (Free and Paid versions)
It’s easy to make a video with Videolicious. With your phone, tablet or desktop, just choose your shots and Videolicious does the rest—giving you professional-quality video in seconds, without the work.
Splice together HD photos and videos in an amazingly simple way. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more.
Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play! With over 2 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, parents and teachers rave about the app… and kids can’t stop creating!
Puppet Pals HD (Free)
Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!
Sock Puppets (Free)
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
PhotoPuppet HD ($2.99)
The easiest and fastest way to make cartoons on your iPad. Cut anything out of your photos and move it on the screen. The app will record everything you do. You can use lots of ready-made puppets or custom ones (including PNG files with transparency) and edit the recording via a timeline (like in iMovie). Then – export to YouTube! This is the only animation app for the iPad that allows you to use a timeline with precise time and movement control. You can edit individual object movement tracks.
123D Sculpt (Free)
It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then push, pull and paint to make the sculpture your own. When you are done, take snapshots in the camera room or create animated QuickTime turntable movies to upload to YouTube or email to friends.
Doodle Buddy (Free)
Doodle Buddy Gold is the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet.
Absolute Board (Free)
It’s so simple & convenient – just sketch & take notes about anything in your mind.
Save and share your novel ideas in the school, cafeteria, office or even on the bed.
SketchMee Lite (Free)
Just pick an image from your photo library, and watch it being sketched into a beautiful piece of art. Have endless fun playing around with settings, exploring a vast world of art possibilities. Extremely easy to use. A handful of simple but powerful controls make you the artist in charge, enabling a wide range of different sketch art styles.
Book/Story Creation apps:
Creative Book Builder ($3.99)
Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go. All published ebooks can be read by any ePub reader including iBooks. Everyone is professional writer now!
My Story-Book Maker for Kids ($1.99)
Celebrate your child’s art with My Story, the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. My Story combines drawing, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy and creativity for you and your child together. They then share their book within the app, via email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s art, coloring, photos, and voice recordings are saved forever!
Scribble Press (Free)
Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create and share their own stories with great drawing and writing tools. Download your books instantly to your iBooks library! Scribble Press for iPad makes it easy to create an ebook – either write your own or use one of over 50 story templates. How about “My Babysitter is a Zombie” or “The Dog Ate my Homework”? From serious to seriously fun, you can make a book about any topic and instantly publish to the gallery or share with friends anywhere in the world.
In just seconds turn yourself and your friends into comic heroes or villains. Star in your own comic book adventures!
Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.