This summer, don’t allow your kids to only spend their time watching TikTok videos and WhatsApping their friends. Get them expressing themselves, creating digital content, and developing important critical thinking and technical skills in the process!

NewTechKids has compiled this list of creativity-focused activities to give your child’s screen time a more active element. At the end of the summer, they will have a nice digital content porfolio and new skills.

All of the creativity tools and apps listed below are free-of-charge.

Graphic Design: Canva
Simple, drag and drop online tool which enables kids to develop their graphic design skills and create everything from TikTok videos to social media graphics, infographics, printed posters and animations. FREE!

Photography: Snapseed on Google Play or Snapseed in Apple App Store
Photo-editing app available for iOS and Android devices. Allows kids to enhance photos and create digital filters.

Animation: Stop Motion Studio
Movie editor app which creates animated movies. Take a series of photos while moving objects a tiny bit and then edit them into an animation.

Gaming: Roblox
Online game platform and game creation system. Allows kids to program games and play games created by others.

Urban Planning: SimCity: BuildIT
City-building simulation game accessible on mobile devices. Kids can design and scale cities, according to issues such as fire, sewage, pollution, and traffic and other problems that the public faces.

Music: GarageBand
Digital tool available on Apple devices which enables kids to create music or podcasts. Pre-made beat loops, instrumental effects and voice recordings.

Dance: Just Dance
Mobile app which turns a smartphone into a controller which tracks your dance moves. Follow dance coaches on screen to improve dance moves and get active. Play alone or with friends.

(Photo by Tausif Hossain from Pexels.)