I’ve asked my sons to start reviewing educational apps that they have enjoyed using. This is partly because they wanted to get some new apps and I told them they have to earn the privilege to do so by reviewing apps. Of course, they made their opinions short. They are boys, after all.
I can vouch for the added value of these apps as a homeschooling mom. My kids are pretty discriminating about the apps they get because we give them guidelines for choosing good ones. They often have to show us what makes an app educational — how it will help them grow in a skill or ability that they can use in the present or future. So these apps also have our parental seal of approval.
Here is their first review…
MoMA Art Lab
Developer: MoMA, The Museum of Modern art .
About: MoMA art lab is an app that allows users to create various works of art like collages, drawings and many other artworks inspired by famous artists.
Educational Value: This app is great for kids who want to learn about how artists create modern works of art. They will also learn some basic principles and elements of art.
Key Features (From Developer):
• Create and save your own artwork
• Play with shapes, lines, and colors
• Nine activities inspired by works of art, including:
Create a mobile
Experiment with paint
Draw from instructions
Create a sound composition
Draw with scissors
Make a line design
Collaborate on a group drawing
Create a shape poem
Make a chance collage
• Creative prompts for extra inspiration
• Audio for pre-readers
• Learn about works of art at MoMA. Artists include Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, Sol LeWitt, Jim Lambie, Brice Marden, and others.
• Share your artwork
Educational Value Rating: 4 Stars (★★★★☆)
Recommended Age: 4 years old and older
Why we like it: You have complete freedom to create whatever art you want.