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DIY App - Creative Community for Kids

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
DIY App - Creative Community for Kids App Poster Image
Kids learn, share, and build skills on excellent social app.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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.

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 & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
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

What 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 kids who want to learn new DIY skills and create and share their own DIY projects. The app makes it easy 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for information how your information is collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNatalie M. December 7, 2016

Need a different verification process

I thought this app looked fantastic and was ready to sign my daughter up, but they use a credit card number to verify you are really an adult when you give your... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bygebeldutty April 23, 2017

Where kids get inspired

Best app to get inspired and do DIY things!

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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • 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: 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

For kids who love to build and create

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