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Watching the various how-to videos and engaging in the collection of hands-on projects will have kids exploring a wide variety of ideas and skills. Kids will practice listening and following multi-step directions and will explore creative, science, engineering, cooking, coding, and tech concepts. They'll also have the opportunity to share their projects with the on-line learning community, giving them the opportunity to practice presenting. Some projects encourage collaboration through the learning community.
Ease of Play
Intro videos get kids ready, and then each challenge is composed of a how-to video and a prompt for kids to try the experience for themselves. The challenge section doesn't include how-to videos, but follows the same format, providing a challenge prompt, gallery, and space to post and share, and they're labeled with level of difficulty. Depending on the project, kids may need help from a grown-up when actually working with materials.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The community guidelines encourage kids to stay age-appropriate and warn that posts may not include suggestive content and appropriate clothing must be worn when documenting projects.
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The community guidelines encourage kids to keep language clean and warn that post with profanity will be removed.
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Products & Purchases
Monthly subscription is required after the 14-day free trial in order to enjoy the app's content and engage with the learning community. Some projects may require purchases for supplies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Community Guidelines encourage kids to stay age-appropriate and warn that posts may not include use of drugs or alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The wide variety of how-to videos and project ideas guarantees that all kids will find something that peeks their interest, ignites their curiosity, and empower them to bring onscreen ideas to life. DIY.org – Creative Challenges has a rich collection of courses and challenges, ensuring that there's something for everyone. Whether kids are into the arts, building things, plants, or science experiments, the app is sure to offer hands-on challenges that will keep them engaged. The how-to videos are high-quality, entertaining, and easy-to-follow. Depending on the challenge, kids may need a helping hand from a grown-up, especially when working with materials such as hydrogen peroxide or working in the kitchen. The app itself is straightforward and easy to navigate. The on-screen tool promotes offscreen learning and motivates kids to acquire or refine skills. Through the activities they'll explore key art and science concepts and they'll also practice thinking, reasoning, and creativity skills that can be applied in other situations. Although many of the challenges can be enjoyed independently, there are also plenty of project ideas that can be enjoyed as a family.
Families will love the fact that the DIY.org – Creative Challenges is a kids-only learning community. The safeguards and precautions taken by the developers will give parents peace of mind, especially since there's a social media component to the app. Of course, no platform is perfect, so it's still best to talk to kids about what's OK to post and what to do if someone's mean, but human moderators and the lack of private messages keeps it generally safe and positive. Kids will reap the benefits of interacting with other DIYers, learning from peers, feeling inspired, and sharing their own work, while parents enjoy the assurance of community guidelines and human oversight aimed at keeping kids safe and creating a respectful and age-appropriate platform. The only drawback is that $19.99 a month -- and the potential cost of materials -- will make this app inaccessible to many families. A tiered subscription model would help more families be able to use it.
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