A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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. DIY employees review projects, comment, and provide encouragement.
Is it any good?
A companion app for the website, this tool makes it super easy for kids to take photos and videos of their projects to post to the site. 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. The website- and app-based community allows kids to build skills -- some silly, some serious -- while sharing their own with others. There's a great variety of project types, but some have more extensive how-to help than others. It may be frustrating for some kids trying to do projects if they find that the instructions or support is not enough. Nonetheless, DIY App - Creative Community for Kids is a creative, organized way to explore digital DIY culture and experience positive interactions in a social media network.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, following directions, presenting to others
Hobbies: building, cooking, fashion, gardening
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions, decision-making, problem solving
Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, innovation, making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, work to achieve goals
Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, presenting
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
- Pricing structure: Free (While currently free at the time of this review, this app will reportedly offer paid premium services and real embroidered patches for a fee in the future.)
- Release date: September 23, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 30.30 MB
- Publisher: DIY
- Version: 2.6.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later