Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99

Common Sense Media says

Kids make fanciful facial art using everyday objects.
  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The interface is designed with young kids in mind and is very intuitive with simple drag and drop motions and large picture icons.

Violence & scariness

The app and videos do not include any violence whatsoever, but YouTube suggested videos pop up at the end of the lessons and may contain violence (like Call of Duty video clips.)

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The start page includes a link to more apps available from the developer. Kids also have the option to share their creations in several ways, including paying to have a puzzle of it created using Tap2print.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can share their creations via email or Facebook or by creating and buying a puzzle using a third-party vendor. They can also share their creations using Face World within the app, which is a gallery of images created by other kids.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity encourages kids to be creative by creating faces using collage materials. It also provides opportunities for kids to share their creativity via email and social media as well as with other app users worldwide in a special gallery called FaceWorld. The overall design is very kid-friendly and fun and even introduces kids to symbolic elements of art. Parents may want to stay nearby while kids view the video lessons as the YouTube video suggestions that appear after viewing the lesson could be inappropriate for children. They should also remind kids uploading to FaceWorld not to share their real name.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Beautiful graphics and kid-oriented design engages young minds and makes them feel good about their original creations.

Learning Approach

Artwork inspires creativity, and lessons led by the artist and children's author introduce kids to perspective and symbolism. Kids learn by doing.

Support

The video tutorial shows kids exactly what to do with the controls, and the resources let kids easily create fabulous-looking art.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • innovation
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to create art from common everyday objects and video art lessons teach about artistic inspiration and symbolism. They can experiment with placing different objects in different ways and see how easily a nut can go from being an eye to a nose with some creative flair. Kids will be encouraged to think about their choices, too, and the meaning different objects convey -- like using a light bulb for an eye can symbolize intelligence. Kids can get many ideas from the five video lessons, too. Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity encourages kids to be creative and gives them the tools and ideas to express themselves.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids have countless options to create faces using everyday objects such as food, candy, musical instruments, and toys, even customized sizes and shapes. They simply scroll through pictorial menus to choose their items and drag them into a facial outline. Kids can lock pieces into place, which allows them to layer other objects on top of each other. Kids can play the background music that comes with the app or add songs saved from the device (or turn off the music all together).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The graphics are beautiful, and the interface is very easy for kids to maneuver. Most impressive, though, is the instruction in the video lessons taught by artist and children's book illustrator Hanoch Piven. Kids will come to look at everyday objects with an artist's eye. They can create alone or together with others, and then save their collages to the iPad's photos.

Kids also have an option of collaborating with the world by uploading their creations to FaceWorld -- a free online gallery. While there, they can select art created by others, download it, modify it, and they choose to upload it to the world again. Parents will want to remind kids not to use their real names when sharing artwork.

Families can talk about...

  • Provide kids with a variety of materials for creating art. Take some inspiration from some of the items available in the app.

  • When looking at your kids' creations, ask questions. "Why did you choose that for the nose?" or "What inspired you to use that color as the background?"

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 27, 2012
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:117.00 MB
Publisher:iMagine Machine LLC
Version:2.0.6
Minimum software requirements:iPad iOS 4.2 or later

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Educator and Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bythurstonsmom July 15, 2013
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QUALITY
 

Well designed and clever app

This app was a terrific find for my five year old who loves to build stuff. He's really excited by the idea of making things with real-life objects. For example, he was thrilled to make a face with two circular saw blades for eyes and a magnet for a mouth. The graphics are really high-quality and the interface is easy enough to use that he figured it out without any intervention or explanation from me.

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