Elon Musk sold his first computer software, a video game, for $500 at age 12. When he was 24, he sold his silicon valley start-up, Zip2 for a whopping $307 million. Elon Musk's mother, Maye, had this to say when asked about how she raised such successful children, "I tell them I did it by teaching them about hard work and letting them follow their interests."

If your kid loves technology and is keen to explore how to build his own app, this printable app design pack will help to kick things off. We're looking forward to hearing about the world's Next Big App Idea!

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 2-3 hours, Items Needed: Colouring and writing pencils

In this activity, your child will learn how to research, plan, design and market his or her first mobile application (app).

It will help your child or student:

  • Apply their creativity and imagination to develop an app idea from scratch.
  • Strengthen their real world problem solving skills by identifying ways that their app can help its target users.
  • Develop their critical thinking skills through analysing similarities and difference between existing apps with their proposed app idea.
  • Encourage empathy and social skills through the app marketing process which requires them to think about what matters to others.

Ready to help your kids become the next super star "tech-preneur"? It's game time!


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Get inspired by hearing from other young app developers.

Here's a great presentation from Thomas Suarez who made his first iPhone app when he was 12 years old.

Here's another story about a young boy from London who sold his news summary app to Yahoo! for $30 million at the age of 17.

Here's an inspiring story about a talented young coder who created board games to teach kids the basics of coding and artificial intelligence. She even got a letter from former First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama for her initiative, Girls Who Code.

  • Do a survey of the competition :) Review the most popular apps for kids in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Click here for a fantastic list of best apps for kids reviewed by Common Sense Media, a trusted and independent media and technology ratings organisation.
  • Start working on the printables.

What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 6 printable sheets with different prompts for your child to plan, design and market a mobile app.

What's included

  • 1 page for doing competitor analysis
  • 1 page for app product planning
  • 2 pages for wireframing and designing the interface of the app
  • 1 page for app icon design
  • 1 page for app marketing planning

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