The Good Free App of the Day feature has become so Kardashian-like popular that we get flooded with emails from developers asking for their app to be selected. So much so that we had to install a form where developers can submit their app for consideration.
Today's GFAOTD is the first app we've selected from that new form and it's definitely on the other end of the Kardashian spectrum of lurid interests: PlayART teaches children about five of the world's most famous painters: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau and Paul Klee. Aspiring young artists (of any age) can actually create their own art by using various items from those artists' original work. Brilliant!
It does have social media links, so be aware of that, and it's only free for about one more day from what I can tell! The regular price is $3.99.
** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as Good Free Apps of the Day are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise. **
Play, learn and create. Experience art education at its best with PlayART by Tapook.
A unique art app that encourages children’s creativity through a playful and engaging activity of composition. Designed for children aged 5-13, but suitable for parents, too.
Discover five of the world’s most famous painters by playing with them: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau and Paul Klee.
Now you can create artworks with elements, like objects and shapes, taken from their original paintings. No need for painting tools, or to know how to draw, just let your creativity run free!
You can move, rotate, resize, mirror, duplicate and arrange the elements in the way you like it, on the canvas of your choice. When you have finished, save your artwork in the My Museum gallery with a title and your name.
☛ Create a vase of sunflowers with Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers;
☛ A still life with Paul Cézanne’s apples and pears;
☛ A garden with Claude Monet’s waterlillies and the japanese bridge;
☛ A jungle with Henri Rousseau’s tropical plants and animals;
☛ A castle in the sun or a rose garden with Paul Klee’s geometric forms.
By selecting elements as your favorites, you can also combine the different artists’ styles: all you need is
your imagination to create your own artwork!
Five short videos with charming animated drawings, narrated entirely by children, tell you of the lives of the artists. You can also be inspired by a selection of their artworks in the gallery “Artists Museum”.
PlayART is a delightful family-friendly app that brings children and grown-ups alike closer to art.
« PlayART is a valuable educational tool. A fun art lesson, perfect for children aged between 5 and 13. » - Valeria, teacher at the Primary School Thouar-Gonzaga in Milan.
You can download the app in its entirety for free! But for the first week only.
PlayART main features:
☛ A video tutorial that guides you through the app
☛ Five short videos on the artists lives, narrated by children, with fun animated drawings and original paintings
☛ An "Artist Museum" gallery showcasing the artists' most famous paintings
☛ A "My Museum" gallery where you can save your artworks
☛ Over 100 elements and 25 canvasses from the artists' original paintings
☛ Sharing engine (Facebook) or save paintings to your iPad album.
☛ Original Soundtrack and sound effects composed by musical band La Metralli
If you would like to download PlayART (FREE for a limited time, iPad) please support Smart Apps for Kids by using this link button:
Every day we pick what we affectionately call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with a ton of in-app purchases.
It also has to be good.
We then present them to you to read, download, and share and, based on which ones got the most hits, here are your Top 100 Favorite Free Apps!
We've done our best to only include apps that are permanently free, but sometimes developers do change their minds so please leave a comment if you find an app that's no longer free.
2) LEGO App 4+ (build a vehicle and then use it in activities)
3) Toddler/Preschool Flash Cards (they added ads!)
6) Open Wide Snap (we rated five stars)
9) The Lorax
11) Play 123
12) Hide Run Growl (we rated five stars)
15) Rover (flash-enabled browser for kids)
17) Little Stars - Toddler Games (letters, numbers, shapes, colors, first words)
19) NASA App HD
21) Khan Academy (educations videos for adults and older children)
22) Draw Something (Pictionary online! Older kids only)
23) Math Bingo Games
28) Miss Spider apps (Bedtime Story and Tea Party)
30) I Can Write 2 (make sentences about images)
31) PBS Kids Video (all their favorites)
33) Scribble Press (make an book!)
34) Brain Quest (from the people that make those card thingees)
35) Goodnight Safari (baby animals!)
36) ShowMe (virtual whiteboard app)
37) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca)
38) Rocket Speller
39) Color Uncovered (please don't let your dog drive)
40) Little Finder
41) Lego Duplo Jams
42) Agnitus (math, alphabet, fruits, shapes, colors, counting, animals)
43) Spy Mouse
46) Toontastic (we rated five stars)
47) Touch the Sound
48) Bluster! (McGraw-Hill)
50) Let's Color
51) MeeGenius (six ebooks for free!)
52) Articulation Station (lite version)
53) Monkey Drum
54) BrainPop Featured Movie (No. 1 on our Editor's Choice list)
55) Math Vs. Zombies
58) Sock Puppets
60) Sprout's Good Night Star (nighttime routine, brusha! brusha! brusha!)
61) 6-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)
63) iTunes U (go to college on your iOS device)
67) Clockwork Brain (mind-training puzzles)
68) DialSafe Pro (we gave five stars)
70) Screen Chomp (virtual whiteboard)
72) Feel Electric (The Electric Company is back!)
73) Google Earth
75) Squiggles (bring scribbles to life)
79) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only for some reason)
81) Astrid & Siri (ebook)
83) Jingle All the Way (Christmas app)
84) Domino's Pizza Hero (U.S. only)
85) How Stuff Works (older kids that have had "the talk" only)
87) Booksy (one of our Top Picks)
89) Mini Mining
90) AppStar Picks
91) JibJab Jr. Books (put the child's face in a book!)
92) IQ Test - Free Edition (older kids and parents only)
96) Pandora Radio (parents need to control)
97) Nova Elements
98) WebMD (for parents and teachers)
99) Christmas Eve