Using GarageBand (iPad)

If you own an iPad then you get an app of GarageBand for free! Garageband is a super fun and powerful DAW that will lead you into the world of writing and producing music in Logic Pro. However, if you take the time to learn GarageBand, there is potential that you won't need anything else because it is super powerful! 
You might be surprised to learn how many albums are created with GarageBand. However, if you are new to the GarageBand world, at first glance it can be a bit intimidating. Let's jump in with some basics to get you started!
Using GarageBand on the iPad.
1. Launch GarageBand: Tap on the GarageBand app icon to open it. 

2. Choose a Project: When you open GarageBand, you'll be prompted to create a new project. You can select various options like "Keyboard Collection," "Guitar Amp," "Drummer," or "Audio Recorder." Choose the one that suits your needs or tap "Empty Project" for a blank canvas.

3. Explore the Interface: GarageBand's interface consists of various sections and tools. Familiarize yourself with the different elements like the "Tracks View", "Library", "Smart Controls", and "Editor". You can swipe left or right to navigate between these sections.

4. Add and Edit Tracks: To add a new track, tap the "+" icon in the Tracks View. GarageBand offers a range of options, including software instruments, audio recordings, drummers, or external MIDI devices. Choose the desired track type and customize it using the available settings.

5. Play Software Instruments: If you're using a software instrument track, tap the keyboard, drum pad, or other virtual instrument icons to play notes or trigger sounds. You can also use external MIDI keyboards or controllers for more expressive playing.

6. Record Audio: To record audio, tap the red record button in the control bar. GarageBand allows you to record vocals, guitars, or any other instruments using the built-in microphone or an external audio interface. Adjust the input settings and monitoring options to ensure optimal recording quality.

7. Use Loops: GarageBand includes a vast library of pre-recorded loops that you can drag and drop onto your tracks. Explore the "Loop Browser" in the Library section to find loops that match your desired style or genre. Experiment with different combinations and arrangements to create unique musical ideas.

8. Edit and Arrange: GarageBand provides editing tools to refine your recordings. Tap the "Edit" button to access features like trimming, splitting, looping, or adjusting volume and pan. Use the Arrange section to move and arrange your recorded regions, loops, or MIDI notes to create a cohesive composition.

9. Apply Effects: Enhance your tracks using GarageBand's built-in audio effects and processors. Open the Smart Controls section to access parameters like EQ, reverb, compression, or modulation effects. Experiment with different settings to shape your sound and add depth to your mix.

10. Mix and Master: Once you're satisfied with your tracks, use the Mixer section to adjust the individual track levels, panning, and effects sends. Pay attention to achieving a balanced mix and use automation to create dynamic changes. Consider using the Master Track to apply global effects and control the overall output.

11. Export and Share: When your project is complete, tap the "My Songs" button to view your projects. Press and hold the project you want to export, select "Share" from the menu, and choose the desired export option. You can export your project as an audio file, share it via AirDrop, upload it to SoundCloud, or send it to other apps on your iPad.

Remember, this is just a basic overview of using GarageBand for iPad. The app offers numerous, advanced features and capabilities, such as virtual drummers, automation, MIDI editing, and more. Explore and experiment with different tools and techniques to unlock the full potential of GarageBand and create incredible music. 
...and then the implied "step 12" is to unleash your creativity!
I hope you find the time to explore through the eyes of a child and have some fun with this at some point.