Top 8 Fantastic Sites to Help Keep Your Kids Creative

The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.

1. Kerpoof

Kerpoof is a fun, colorful, creative spot for kids to enjoy, create, and even learn in. As there are several online games to choose from that each display a level of interaction, Kerpoof allows children to tap into their artistic side and expand their knowledge. In “Spell A Picture,” kids can produce an image by spelling out words of objects that they then can choose and compose anywhere within the frame. The educational element is masked by the fun of coming up with new words to see the different objects and characters. Some words like “man,” typed multiple times, produce different visual results. Another fun game called “Make A Drawing” is your typical drawing pad with the added bonus of a color palette that has the ability to function like a real painter’s palette, allowing kids to experiment with mixing colors.

 2. Tate Kids
Tate Kids is the Tate Modern Museum’s answer to creating an artistic virtual space for children. The site offers a number of innovative games all while expanding a child’s creative horizons and educating them about art along the way. For the kid interested in graffiti, there’s a great game called “Street Art” that prefaces the digital pastime with a little insight on what street art is and even cites Banksy as one of the most popular street artists today. Once in the game, children are free to express themselves through a series of spray paint cans that range in size and color. Hold down your cursor long enough on the simulated wall and your paint will run just like real graffiti. Tate Kids has also integrated a social aspect, letting kids create and share their own art galleries. The site even gives tips for being crafty offline.


3. Built by Kids
Built by Kids is a lifestyle website that was a 2012 Webby Award nominee in the Family/Parenting category. It is a site designed to keep families physically engaged while building their relationships and bonding over creative activities. Built by Kids proudly boasts that it is created “WITH, BY and FOR children” and firmly believes that “by teaching children practical skills and encouraging them to submit to their creativity, children become more confident, capable and cosmopolitan.” As such, the site features several familial activity ideas conveniently categorized by age (from toddlers to teens) and skill level (easy to challenging).
4. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids aims to entertain young children while simultaneously introducing and further expanding their knowledge about our planet and the animals that live on it. Serving as the children’s version of the original National Geographic Society, the site offers similarly educational and enlightening content that’s more suitable for the innocent wonderment of a child, gearing a lot of its focus on discovering animals. In addition to games and puzzles, there is a “Fun Stuff” category that includes crafts, recipes, and “Photo Fill-Ins,” an activity that allows kids to creatively insert dialogue into the thought bubbles of cute and funny animal photographs. There is also a section devoted to photography, encouraging young photographers to upload and share their own animal photos.
The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.
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.

8. piZap
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.

The imagination of a child is like no other and if it is fed and nurtured from the beginning, the results could be extraordinarily positive. It’s crucial to keep children’s minds active in their formative years, since that’s when they do most of their learning and retain the most information. It’s also important to encourage a child’s sense of creativity, giving them the freedom to grow and expand their minds. In the past, parents worried about their kids watching too much brainless television and sought to find educational programming they could learn from. Today, the problem is pretty much the same, though the media has changed. Kids are constantly on the computer, surfing the web, but what are they looking at? Are they being productive or simply staring at a screen that inspires nothing out of them? Have no fear because we’ve got a list of some fantastic websites that can put you parents at ease, knowing your child is using their minds and being creative all while they are visually stimulated and entertained.

1. Kerpoof Kerpoof is a fun, colorful, creative spot for kids to enjoy, create, and even learn in. As there are several online games to choose from that each display a level of interaction, Kerpoof allows children to tap into their artistic side and expand their knowledge. In “Spell A Picture,” kids can produce an image by spelling out words of objects that they then can choose and compose anywhere within the frame. The educational element is masked by the fun of coming up with new words to see the different objects and characters. Some words like “man,” typed multiple times, produce different visual results. Another fun game called “Make A Drawing” is your typical drawing pad with the added bonus of a color palette that has the ability to function like a real painter’s palette, allowing kids to experiment with mixing colors.

 2. Tate Kids Tate Kids is the Tate Modern Museum’s answer to creating an artistic virtual space for children. The site offers a number of innovative games all while expanding a child’s creative horizons and educating them about art along the way. For the kid interested in graffiti, there’s a great game called “Street Art” that prefaces the digital pastime with a little insight on what street art is and even cites Banksy as one of the most popular street artists today. Once in the game, children are free to express themselves through a series of spray paint cans that range in size and color. Hold down your cursor long enough on the simulated wall and your paint will run just like real graffiti. Tate Kids has also integrated a social aspect, letting kids create and share their own art galleries. The site even gives tips for being crafty offline.


3. Built by Kids Built by Kids is a lifestyle website that was a 2012 Webby Award nominee in the Family/Parenting category. It is a site designed to keep families physically engaged while building their relationships and bonding over creative activities. Built by Kids proudly boasts that it is created “WITH, BY and FOR children” and firmly believes that “by teaching children practical skills and encouraging them to submit to their creativity, children become more confident, capable and cosmopolitan.” As such, the site features several familial activity ideas conveniently categorized by age (from toddlers to teens) and skill level (easy to challenging).
4. National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids aims to entertain young children while simultaneously introducing and further expanding their knowledge about our planet and the animals that live on it. Serving as the children’s version of the original National Geographic Society, the site offers similarly educational and enlightening content that’s more suitable for the innocent wonderment of a child, gearing a lot of its focus on discovering animals. In addition to games and puzzles, there is a “Fun Stuff” category that includes crafts, recipes, and “Photo Fill-Ins,” an activity that allows kids to creatively insert dialogue into the thought bubbles of cute and funny animal photographs. There is also a section devoted to photography, encouraging young photographers to upload and share their own animal photos.
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