Blox 3D Junior

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Kids build block models in challenging creative app.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn and practice 3-D modeling, working with three-dimensional blocks in a 3-D setting. Kids will have to plan their creations and work step by step to create them. They'll become familiar with creating in a 3-D environment, turning their creations to see all sides. They'll have to think critically to determine where to place blocks to create the design they envision. Blox 3D Junior is a fun activity that encourages kids to think critically and creatively.

Ease of play

Kids tap to add a block or double-tap to delete one, which requires fine-motor control. To create designs comparable to the examples, kids will need a hefty dose of patience and focus.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blox 3D Junior targets kids 5 and under, according to the App Store description, but the fine-motor control and patience required to create anything comparable to the examples are probably not a match for the target ages. The format encourages creativity and is quite fun and still challenging for older kids and adults, so the "junior" tag isn't necessary. Younger kids might still enjoy placing a few blocks and then destroying the creation, and older kids (and parents) may enjoy building more complex creations.

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What's it about?

BLOX 3D JUNIOR is a 3-D modeling toy, simple in concept but still challenging. Design starts with one red block. Tapping the block adds another block to the tapped side. Kids can change colors and add blocks to create anything they can imagine. Double-clicking a block destroys it. Several examples are included, along with animations showing how they were built. Kids can alter the examples or start from the one block. Kids can save more than 50 works, returning to them to add more, watch the animation of the building process, or destroy them.

Is it any good?

Blox 3D Junior is smart and fun. Kids are free to be creative, designing whatever they can imagine. The 3-D block style looks enough like Minecraft to intrigue kids familiar with the game -- even those too young to play Minecraft themselves. LEGO fans will love designing on it. The controls are easy to pick up, and instructions are modeled with a finger -- there's no text to read -- so little ones can play, too. The examples included give kids just enough inspiration to spark some ideas but are not limiting, and kids have plenty of space to save their work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about 3-D modeling and compare what's happening on the screen to familiar 3-D modeling activities offscreen, such as building blocks or LEGOs.

  • Blox 3D Junior could be a great, easily contained option for LEGO lovers on road trips or in places that transporting LEGOs may not be practical.

App details

For kids who love to build and create

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