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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids

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Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

A lot of content and many options for finding, viewing, and uploading it, as well as for commenting, asking questions, and reviewing what others say about your projects. Quite easy to explore and find what you're interested in, as well as to post and organize your own stuff.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Though this app and its related website currently are free, they'll eventually offer premium features for a fee, as well as embroidered patches for the completed skills.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that DIY App - Creative Community for Kids is the companion app of the website DIY. The website and app are intended for tweens and teens who want to learn new DIY skills and create and share their own DIY projects. The app makes it easier for kids to take images and post them on the site, which is central to full participation in the DIY community. Kids who post three projects in any area of unique skill -- from biology to backyard farming, Minecraft block building to woodworking -- earn a scouting-like patch that is posted at the top of their account page. Or kids can search for or browse interesting projects, large and small, such as a duct-tape wallet or making a pond in the backyard. Parents receive notices about anything their kids have posted to the site, and the general vibe of the DIY online community is supportive, creative, and personal without being overbearing. The website and app work together to form a unique DIY skills community geared toward kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Science

  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building
  • cooking
  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • asking questions
  • decision-making
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • innovation
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Highly engaging. Because many of these eclectic skill groups for which kids can earn patches are open-ended and leave lots of room for creativity, the focus of this app remains on fostering kids' creativity and positive information sharing.

Learning Approach

Kids tailor the experience to their own interests as they view projects of other DIY users and decide which to try. They also can post their own projects and get feedback and questions from other users.

Support

The app and site offer many options for assistance. Kids collect data on the projects they've done, as well as on the number of people who have commented on and "liked" their projects. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Science

  • engineering

Hobbies

  • building
  • cooking
  • fashion
  • gardening

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • asking questions
  • decision-making
  • problem solving

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • innovation
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • initiative
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn how following directions, sharing project information (including photos and videos), and asking questions on the go via mobile technology can combine to make DIY projects not only doable but more creative and easier. DIY's app and website both encourage kids to embrace and build upon their natural interests and hobbies and learn new skills based on the sets of skills grouped into patches. DIY App - Creative Community for Kids is a creative way for kids to build tech and communication skills as they share projects digitally.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids create an account and receive parent approval via email to get started with DIY APP - CREATIVE COMMUNITY FOR KIDS. Then they can start perusing the project options and potential skill groups for which they can earn patches -- block builder, cardboarder, chef, gardener, hardware hacker. As soon as they make something, they can post a photo or video. They also can comment, like, and ask questions about other users' projects. This is a creative, organized way to explore digital DIY culture.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

A companion app for the website, this tool makes it much easier for kids to take photos and videos of their projects to post to the site. Optimized for iPhone 5, it doesn't look all that great on the iPad; still, it's really handy and includes all the features found on the website. DIY kids will love the ability to share and receive feedback on their projects, earn patches, and learn from other users' projects, especially on this on-the-go app version. This is a fun website- and app-based community for kids to build skills -- some silly, some serious -- while sharing their own with others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of doing it yourself and making things. What can you learn from completing projects?

  • If your kid currently has a deep interest in a certain topic, search for it by keyword to see which related projects may pop up.

  • Challenge your kid to complete patches, starting with the one of most interest and building momentum from there.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 19, 2013
Category:Education
Size:10.20 MB
Publisher:DIY
Version:2.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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