Reading as a trigger for children’s creativity

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Reading as a trigger for children’s creativity

By Elisa Yuste

Two recommended apps to help children to develop their creativity. With Imagistory and Toontastic, kids can create their own stories and discover the creator within.

Creative capacity, which means projecting a unique perspective onto things, with a little mischief and a lot of freedom, is not a quasi-mystical quality; nor is it down to luck. Creativity is an innate ability that we can cultivate and develop. It is also a key part of children’s development.

The concept of creativity encompasses a range of different skills; it is a complex activity because as we create we form, shape and invent the reality. Creativity is closely linked to experimentation; it means exploring new directions and changing things.

Creativity is also self-expression, so when we find it hard to express ourselves, creativity becomes a painful process. We cannot point the finger at someone and ask them to be creative or have a brilliant idea, but we can encourage creative effort.

Children start using their creative skills at a very early age through a variety of activities, including reading aloud, reading and creating stories; activities that require them to practice divergent thinking so that they can create their own fantasy world.

2.0 tools and web applications offer a huge range of possibilities in this sense. So we have a couple of recommendations that can help you to develop the creativity of your kids. They are just starters on a long menu for you to gradually make your way down.


The Imagistory app allows you to create a story from a narrative sequence of pictures. The application’s content is in English, but it is very user-friendly. When the user has downloaded it and selected the story that they want to tell, they can start recording their storytelling. When they finish, it is saved so that it can be listened to and enjoyed at any time, either on the application or by downloading it onto their device. You can also share it.


Toontastic allows the child to create a cartoon story, based on a simple template. The application’s content is also in English, but it is also very user-friendly. When the user has downloaded it, they can start creating their story in five easy steps. When they finish it can be saved, either on the application or on their device, so that it can be enjoyed at any time. It can also be shared.

Both products were designed for children aged three or four years and they have some common elements that help to develop creativity: their fun, imaginative approach; the autonomy and flexibility that they give to the user; and the fact that they are social tools that encourage a creative exchange. They are also very useful for developing reading and writing skills and artistic abilities in kids. You can download them from the Apple Store. Toontastic is free. So is Imagistory, but there is an in-app payment model to expand the library.

The application CreAPPcuentos and platforms like MyStorybook are along the same lines. The app TeCuento has also recently been launched, a digital reading tool for the deaf, created by the CNSE Foundation. It includes a feature for children which allows them to create their own stories, both in sign language and in Spanish, and to share them with anyone else who has installed it.

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