5. FluxTime Studio
FluxTime Studio is a site that allows your kids to try their hand at animation. In the age of YouTube, where children and adults alike can get stuck mindlessly clicking on an endless supply of cat videos, it is far more productive to present your children with a website that gives them the power to create content rather than simply watch it. FluxTime Studio allows users to edit and generate an animated video for free with the use of its library of colorful clipart in addition to the ability to draw directly onto the screen, frame by frame. The completed project can then be sent out as an e-card. There are greater perks, including the ability to save your work, if you choose to create an account, for which there are a varied number of membership options and price listings.
6. Sesame Street
Sesame Street is a well-known children’s television series that has been running since 1969, teaching kids just about everything with its rich educational content. The franchise’s website is equally influential in spreading knowledge and promoting creativity. The site boasts a series of original artistic games for younger kids that allow them to play around with visuals. There is a digital coloring book, allowing your tiny tots to click and color images of their favorite Sesame Street characters. Kids can get a sense of creative freedom, realizing that Cookie Monster doesn’t have to be blue in their version. Other games like “Bert and Ernie’s Printmaker” and “Big Bird’s Collage Studio” allow children to construct their own creations out of stamps, stickers, macaroni, and popcorn without the mess.
7. Make: Projects
Make: Projects is part of MAKE magazine, offering a wide selection of do-it-yourself projects to choose from. Although many of the activities seem right up an adult’s alley, as kids aren’t nearly as interested in making their own vinegar or building a plywood coffee table, there is an ever-expanding library of DIY projects curated specifically for children to try out. From constructing a balloon blimp to designing a robot costume, Make: Projects’ kids section doesn’t disappoint on the creative front. The site offers interesting experiments and fun activities for kids to tackle, of which there are over 40 at this point. Additionally, Make produces a series of DIY videos for children that is also hosted by a child called Silvia’s Mini Maker Show.
PiZap is a great site for young aspiring photographers, graphic designers, and digital illustrators to play with fun and easy image editing tools. The site provides a free online platform for kids to let their imaginations take flight visually. With an assorted library of clipart, backgrounds, and effects with a cartoonish appeal, kids can be entertained while they create original works. Whether your child chooses to use the supplied images or upload some of their own to tweak and upgrade, the activity allows them to exercise their creative designing skills. They can produce new collages and illustrations or stylize and edit existing photos. Additionally, your children can build their own stories by inserting text either by typing it out themselves or using the given alphabet graphics. Once completed, the entire image can be shared or downloaded.
What’s your favorite site for promoting creativity in your kids?
[Top photo credit: Jason Lee]
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Pinar Noorata is a contributing writer at My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Pinar worked in several creative fields ranging from film to publishing. Her immense appreciation for art and culture eventually led her to join the My Modern Met team in 2011. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.