If your kid is doodling aliens during class, you needn't fight it -- encourage it at home! Technology, in the form of a "drawing tablet," can turn a doodling habit into a real skill.
These digital tablets work with a stylus and have a range of features depending on model. Lots allow for drawing in a variety of media, such as water colors, charcoal and paint, all neat and clean in digital form. Most models connect to a computer via USB for saving and uploading artwork, and some offer extras like drawing-related games and lessons.
You can find drawing-tablet add-ons for some game systems, so if you have one you might want to check that out.
Ages start as young as 3 years old for these devices, with easy operation that requires minimal adult supervision. Tablets cost anywhere from $30 to more than $100, depending on features and age ranges. There's no reason why your tween or teen wouldn't love a full-featured "adult" tablet, which can cost more but offers more serious options for creative development.
Of course, using creative technology needn't be a serious pursuit. It need only be engaging and fun. If you happen to end up with the next Mozart or Picasso, that's a bonus.
For more information on technology, art and stimulating creative kids, check out the links below.
More Great Links
- Buckleitner, Warren. "A Drawing Tablet for the Wii." Gadgetwise -- The New York Times. April 17, 2010. (Feb. 6, 2012) http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/a-drawing-tablet-for-the-wii/
- Study Shows Kids Tethered to Technology. ABC World News. Jan. 20, 2010. (Feb. 6, 2012) http://abcnews.go.com/WN/kids-electronics-study-shows-kids-spend-hours-day/story?id=9616699#.TzBAdvlWpm4
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