DIY App - Creative Community for Kids
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- asking questions
- problem solving
- making new creations
- producing new content
- combining knowledge
- achieving goals
- work to achieve goals
- asking questions
- conveying messages effectively
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.