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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories

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As seen on Common Sense Media's "Best Wordplay Apps," "Best Spelling Apps," & "Best English Language Arts Apps." Also, a "Best Play and Learn App 2016" selection from Teachers with Apps!

"Working on spelling and looking for an engaging app the whole family can play? Make it one that prioritizes diversity! HangArt is a great app to add to a family, school, library or museum collection." ~ Technology in Early Childhood Center, Erikson Institute.

"Rich in bite-size bits of interaction ... Brings the age-old game of hangman to your road trip, using words straight out of a school reading curriculum. The two-player mode can promote cooperative play." ~ The New York Times

HangArt is an inclusive K-3 literacy game, created with educators. It combines an innovative sight words spelling game with opportunities for kids to draw & create digital stories. Our design is inspired by research which shows that connecting words to their meanings through pictures helps children become strong readers and writers.

In HangArt, children practice 200 K-3 spelling sight words in a three-part literacy playground: Play Hangman, Word Gallery, and Story Studio

A family and classroom friendly word game. Say goodbye to the violent, macabre image of a man on a noose that has long been associated with the hangman game. Our "hangman" is a friendly guy who hangs from a monkey bar. In our fill-in-the-blank word-guessing game, each correct letter guess is rewarded with the reveal of part of an illustration of the missing word. When you lose a word, our "hanging man" falls off the monkey bar. When you win a word, you are rewarded with a complete original illustration of that word. Our original drawings celebrate the diversity and many are inspired by art, culture, and history!

Children draw their own pictures of the words they win using our custom drawing tool. They can also watch video playbacks of the original illustrations in the app, created by illustrator Kavita Ramchandran.

Children record, save, and playback digital, animated stories using their winning words!


"Culturally diverse drawings and a specially constructed, easy-to-read font welcome kids from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. A jewel of a game.” ~ Common Sense Media

"A new and exciting educational app for kids, this game is fun and features Castledown, a dyslexic-friendly font custom created for use by elementary-aged school children." ~ NBC News

"A fantastic ... friendly, easy to use app, it not only helps young children to learn and recognise [sight] words but also to write them and reflect on their own learning. Could be used both in the home and in an education setting." - Educational App Store

"HangArt makes learning more meaningful and effective." ~ Geeks with Juniors

"Great for reading skill reinforcement, in or out of the classroom." ~ Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review

"HangArt was one of my favorite new apps from this past school year." ~, “New Apps for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Other Learning Issues”

"Kids will not even realize the extent of what they are taking in because the app is centered on play. A delightful find!" ~ Teachers with Apps

"One of my favorite apps of
• No in-app purchases and no Internet required to play
• Play word games in one or two-player mode. Great for family screen time.
• Practice handwriting in Letter Tracing Practice mode using Castledown, a dyslexic-friendly font custom recognized by Wired magazine as a “font designed to help kids learn to read and write”
• Free guide for parents and teachers at
• Original music and sound FX by Nickelodeon/Dora the Explorer composers
• Reward badges inspired by mindset growth philosophy
• Grownups Dashboard with in-depth analytics

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What's New in Version 1.0.8

Updated for latest iOS


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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.8
  • Size: 101 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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