Do you want to inspire innovative thinking in your children? Perhaps your solution is to look into family-friendly apps created within the steampunk aesthetic. The Victorian era lives on in the hearts and minds of many contemporary thinkers who extrapolate vintage times and mechanical functioning into the present day and beyond. Let the gears turn in your child’s imagination!
The inventive perspective used within the steampunk aesthetic can encourage innovative ideas regarding society and their use of mechanisms, contraptions, gizmos, and gadgetry. Try this set of four non-violent, family-friendly apps that assist with art, music, photography, and eye-hand coordination. After testing these apps out, make sure to leave plenty of time for your inventive children to tinker with real world hands-on materials inspired by these touchscreen virtual worlds.
1. Steampunk Hockey (by Kenneth Mayfield) is for all family members who love fast flying table hockey, but who also enjoy the steampunk aesthetic. Its nod to Victorian polished brass gears, clouds of steam and interesting sound is appealing. You can select from multiple backgrounds, play single or double player games, alter the match’s speed and obstacles, and even play challenge levels.
2. Sendy: Steam-Paint Kids Art (by Mrs. Judd's Games) inspires artistic messages by having your child select enticing paint colors to draw with via a moving trolley. Steam hisses from a mechanized tool bar as you draw on snapshots or color-fields. Robots, airships, rebus symbols, and more are selectable in a sidebar to inspire inventive ideas that kids can then send to their parents’ email addresses via Juddly. Created for a wide age-range, Sendy is listed on the WeAreTeachers’ list of “60 Amazing Apps for STEAM” in the Grades K-2 category.
3. Guitar Machine (by C3 Software) is a steampunk-inspired guitar tuning and timing device for musicians, yet it also has value for inquisitive minds as young as 4+ to explore letter names and string placement for guitar notes and chords. With a sophisticated metronome and an auto tuner that responds to the player’s own voice, it makes a fascinating musical gizmo!
4. SteamCam (by RNR Insights) makes your touchscreen look like a Victorian steampunk camera as it takes grainy, speckled photos to enhance your child's imaginative play with gizmos, gadgets, and photography. Younger users enjoy the “Anti-Shake Meter” to help steady themselves before snapping their shot. This simple camera app adds a bit of “steam” to the photography experience. It’s a player’s inventive mind that adds fun & artistry.