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Cat Art

CatArt iPad App

Cat ArtYou may not even need a kid to enjoy this kids activity – but you do need a cat! And an iPad. This is just too funny not to share. Thanks to the ever creative pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com for finding this one.

According to the humane society, there are 78.2 million dogs in the US and 86.4 million cats, and all those cats could use a little entertainment that will also entertain their owners and their kids.

For $1.89 in the app store, your cat can engage his (or her) inner Picasso. The screen has a mouse (as in mice, not computer) that your cat will go after with his paw. As the paw touches and moves around the screen, the art gets created using one of the 10 ‘crazy palettes’ built into the app. One reviewer wished the mouse wouldn’t run off the screen as her cat then tries to get his paw under the iPad, but I’d think that would be part of the fun here! Check out these videos of the predecessor game– without the resulting artwork.

When your child enjoys this game with the cat, challenge the child to do fun things with the resulting artwork- use it as a note card to write to grandparents, to make a collage for their room.

This is just too funny and if you’ve got the app on your iPad you’ve got a kids activity on call anytime you need it that will keep them busy for a bit and having fun. And your cat will thank you too!


Story App

DrawingAn iPad app game that works great as a party game for preteens or teens, and those aren’t so easy to find! They can use their brains, have a lot of giggles, and be engaged- what more could you want.

A combination of Pictionary and the Rumor Game, this game is an iPad app to play at your next teen or tween birthday party. Using the iPad actually improves this game by keeping the whole process close to the vest so that at the end everyone can be surprised when they see how it all morphed from the original. You can, of course, play it the old fashioned way with pencil and paper.

Given that the iPad play is individual, it’s perfect to play while you wait for everyone to arrive before the rest of the festivities start.

The first player either comes up with or is given (by you, the host) a pre-prepared story line, which is typed in and passed on to the next player. That next player draws what they see- using their finger as the pencil on the screen. The next player describes what they see in the picture, the fourth draws that, etc, etc. The limit is 9 players, but you can always start another round.

After all has been entered, the app displays how it all unfolded and everyone can huddle around the screen and have a giggle. It even shows the drawings pencil stroke by pencil stroke.

So if you’ve got an iPad keep this in mind as a great ‘wait for everyone to get there’ party game for your tweens or young teens at their next birthday party.



CartoonWith summer and vacations and those long car rides, I figure every good idea for keeping them busy is worth passing along. And if you’ve got an iPad, this is a terrific 99cent app that will keep the kids quiet and entertained for a long while.

They can create and animate their own stories with this Toontastic app, available in the iTunes App store. They choose a scene and their characters, and let their imagination take off.

The iPad records the story as they tell it aloud. They can manipulate (i.e. animate) their characters with their fingers in standard touch-screen fashion. More than one character can be animated simultaneously. Music for their story can also be added- they choose the emotion relevant to their story and the intensity and then the appropriate music.

Once complete, the animated story can be saved and then shared through a couple of different venues.

Designed for collaborative play between kids age 5 and up and their parents, Toontastic will also work great in the back seat with kids that are a bit older. I’d suggest playing it with them before you try to use it to keep them busy on a long trip, so they know how to make it work and are comfortable with it.

Activities that support and encourage creativity are the best, especially when they cost less than a buck!