I'm sure that many of you have been told (or have told your child) to not play with food. Honestly I was never one to do it (I was more interested in chomping down my mashed potatoes instead of sculpting them - I know, I was a boring kid), but I admire people who grew up making art on their plates for their imagination and resourcefulness. I think that as long as parents discuss with their juniors about when or where it is appropriate, playing with your food is actually a great medium for cultivating creativity.
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is an activity app for children (and the child at heart) created by Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven in collaboration with iMagine Machine. The goal of the app is to encourage creativity by letting juniors create artworks using everyday household objects which include food items, kitchen appliances and musical instruments. While the name of the app specifically mentions faces, there is really no limitation for what you can create - let your imagination run free.
The app opens with a blank canvas in which you will create your masterpiece. The app supports both orientations, so you can work with ease in either portrait or landscape. A myriad of items sit at the bottom of the screen, broken down into several categories. In addition to the items already available, you can import your own photos to create a collage. Tapping on an item will automatically add it onto the canvas, where you can drag and drop to adjust the item's position.
You can resize an item by pinching it inward or outward. To rotate, simply pick it up and turn using two fingers. A horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen lets you further manipulate an item on the canvas - you can choose to delete, reflect, move it up or down one layer, lock it in place, add it to your list of favorite items or duplicate it.
If you change your mind about your work, you can clear the entire canvas and start over. Looking for inspiration for your next masterpiece? The app includes several lesson videos of Piven himself making various faces using different objects - you can access these from the Lessons menu.
Once you are happy with your work, you can save or share it via email and Facebook. There is also an option to order your artwork as a jigsaw puzzle for a fee. Finally, an interesting feature of the app called FaceWorld allows juniors and parents from all around the world to showcase the masterpieces they made using the app. You can add your own work to the public gallery or download other people's artworks to make improvements to it.
What parents need to know
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a fun app for children and adults alike. A simple but highly creative app, it allows extensive play hours and has a long shelf life.
The app is fairly intuitive to use with minimal guidance. It makes good use of the iPad's touch interface and in my hours of playing with the app, I didn't experience any difficulty in placing or manipulating items.
A refreshing feature of the app is the ability to play your own music in the background. While the background songs included in the app are cute, they can get tiresome after a while, so this is a nice feature to have.
One thing that parents need to note is that some features of the app require Internet connection, such as FaceWorld and Lessons. The Share feature also allows users to connect to Facebook and place a (physical) order for jigsaw puzzles, which may or may not be agreeable for some.
What I liked about the app
As an artist at heart, I am all about letting juniors be creative in their own way. I think Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a great activity app because it encourages people to look at the world differently by creating new things out of ordinary items.
I also think that the app is easy and fun to use regardless of your age. I spent hours creating faces after faces in the app and it was very relaxing. I also enjoyed browsing through other people's work in FaceWorld - I stumbled upon some really creative pieces there. I'm usually not the type to encourage children's apps that require Internet connection, but I think it works well in this app.
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a wonderful activity app for encouraging creativity in juniors. If you wish to invest in a useful app that has a long shelf life, then this is it. I promise that you won't regret it.
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad