Perched on cute little toadstools that look straight out of a video game, are iPads ready for little fingers to go wild. The Children’s Creativity Museum recently opened the exhibit Creatura, the idea of a San Francisco tech company, allowing kids to essentially finger paint on the iPads, then see their creation come to life, as the images are projected onto the exhibit’s walls. It’s interactive, living entertainment.
My kids had fun with Creatura, and my five year old son naturally started to do something that was copied by others, and seemed a great use for the program: he practiced his letters. He would draw a letter, and as soon as he lifted his finger, the letter came to life, with a face, and little movements as it bounced on the walls, before disappearing. He would make an S, and would watch it curl like a snake, then he’d try another letter on the blank canvas. My nine year old had less patience for it because the creatures weren’t as interactive or as customizable as she would have liked. She figured out how to make a rudimentary person and flowers, but otherwise, it was hard to make anything beyond a simple line drawings. It reminded me of the app Touch Physics, where shapes are drawn using a finger and they fall, and settle into place. Creatura felt best suited for younger kids.
I noticed kids using it for awhile, running off to try other exhibits, then coming back for another round of creating. It was bursts of inspiration, allowing kids to explore their imaginations in a different way. It’s a fun addition to the Children’s Creativity Museum.
Disclosure: My children and I were given a free look at Creatura. All opinions are my own.