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Teaching our children how to be creative is one of the best things we can do for their development, however with the day-to-day hustle that most of us live with these days, finding time to foster your child’s creativity can sometimes fall through the cracks. Luckily, there are plenty of little digital ways encourage your kids’ creativity while you are on the go: travelling, commuting or just moving around town. There are some great new smartphone apps that help turn a bored & cranky kid into an engaged & expressive kid in a matter of minutes. If you need some ideas to get you and your little one started, here’s our list of fun artsy apps that you can enjoy both at home and on the go.

1. Make Funny Faces From Everyday Objects

Whether you’re at home or out and about, making faces out of everyday objects is a fun way to find new purposes for things that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin. To get started check out this app called FacesiMake. With FacesiMake kids can create faces on colorful backgrounds using: food, musical instruments, letters, tools, buttons, kitchen utensils, and school stationery items. Using this app, kids can start on their eco-art project from just about anywhere, and later on they can use their digital creations as inspiration for making real faces out of the everyday objects they find themselves. All you need to do is pick up some eco-friendly construction paper, and glue.

2. Build a Robot Coloring Book

The Build a Robot app is educational, fun and easy to use! Your kids will have a blast exploring all of the different things their robot can transform into. This app also makes it easy to download and print each unique design, so when your kids are finished with their robot design, they can use scrap paper to print them out. Print out several designs, and you’ve got a whole coloring book! This is a great way to get your kids’ creative juices flowing while teaching them how to get the most out of their materials.

3. The Self-Portrait Project

Many of us at one time or another have been asked to paint or draw a picture of our families, but it’s far less common that we’ve ever tackled a self-portrait. There are many different approaches to this project, but the most important part of a self-portrait is that it reveals parts of their personalities, interests and experience. Before you get your kids started – ask them to write down five adjectives that describe who they are, and five items that they would not want to live without. Help them to incorporate these objects and ideas into their paintings. Apps like Color and Draw for Kids, Brushes, and SketchBook Mobil make it easy to create beautiful art everywhere you go. With no messy paint or excess paper and canvas, this no-waste project is not only eco-friendly, but also gets your little artist thinking about painting in a whole new way!

4. Start a Digital Scrapbook

Scrapbooking is one of the best ways to get your kids thinking creatively all the time, and there are tons of apps out there that make it easy and fun for your kids to collage on the go. Digital Scrapbook Artist is a free application offered by SerifSoftware, that is a favorite among many digital scrapbookers. Get your kids going with this easy to follow video tutorial explaining the basic skills of how to start from a blank page.

5. Create a Digital Animation or Drawing

There’s an array of new apps out there that make it simple and exciting to create all kinds of art without using harmful materials or creating excess waste. Check out this list of the best iPad coloring apps for kids, and don’t forget about apps that make digital animation like Space Crayonz. The possibilities for your little Michelangelo are infinite!