Creativas Fashion Design Studio

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fabulously fun fashion school requires printer.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about artistic and design techniques through the video lessons. They'll then apply what they've learned and see the results as they color and place their designs into the app. Lessons cover concepts such as primary colors and mixing colors, the effect of pressure when coloring, and more, each getting more in depth. The characters are somewhat diverse in terms of skin color and gender, showing that fashion design is for everyone. Creativas Fashion Design Studio empowers kids to get creative and have fashionable fun while teaching relevant art skills and concepts.

Ease of Play

Kids will need to get on a computer to print the coloring pages (or have an adult do it). Younger kids may have trouble keeping a steady hand to scan the colored pages.

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One full lesson is included for free, but additional lessons require an in-app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Creativas Fashion Design Studio teaches kids art and design basics and reality-show style, with students learning lessons and then coloring outfits based on what they just learned. Parents or kids will need to print out PDFs of coloring pages to be completed for each lesson, all of which consist of a short video episode and a new outfit. The first lesson is included, but the others require an in-app purchase of $0.99 per lesson, $2.99 for each episode, or $9.99 for all content. Kids can redo completed lessons to change the color of the outfit, and they have access to their designs plus a closet full of more clothes to play dress-up with. The privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In CREATIVAS FASHION DESIGN STUDIO, four creative high school students are mysteriously invited to join the Creativas team, where they'll learn about design while creating. To play, parents or kids will need to print coloring pages for each lesson. The lessons start with a video featuring an assignment. Kids color the page and then scan it with the device to see it come to life on-screen. The colored design is featured alongside other items in the closet, and the characters can try on the different outfits, mixing and matching. To get to the next lesson, go back to Home and swipe to see the next empty mannequin.

Is it any good?

Seeing your own coloring designs come to life on-screen is absolutely cool, and learning design techniques in the midst of the fun is even better. A delightful diva teaches kids art techniques as she instructs her own squad of students in short video episodes. Then kids set to work coloring the printed outfit using the techniques and concepts they just learned about, from primary colors to changing the pressure of their coloring. Quite a bit of content is included for free, and kids can redo lessons to color the same designs again. Though technology doesn't yet allow scanning in freehand designs, kids will find plenty of pieces with which to create outfits in the studio. Though there are only a few characters, they represent both genders and more than one skin color. Scanning can be tricky and may take several tries. Also, navigation through each lesson isn't entirely linear: After kids complete a lesson, it's not intuitive how to get to the next one. A few more embedded navigational hints would be helpful to make this unique experience seamless.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different design elements, such as color, cut, and texture. What kinds of elements do kids like? Why?

  • Let your child play fashion designer and choose an outfit for you to try on, accessories and all.

  • Cut out some of the colored designs to dress up small dolls (tape the designs on them), or make your own paper dolls to dress up.

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