The wide variety of how-to videos and project ideas guarantees that all kids will find something that peeks their interest, ignites their curiosity, and empower them to bring onscreen ideas to life. DIY.org – Creative Challenges has a rich collection of courses and challenges, ensuring that there's something for everyone. Whether kids are into the arts, building things, plants, or science experiments, the app is sure to offer hands-on challenges that will keep them engaged. The how-to videos are high-quality, entertaining, and easy-to-follow. Depending on the challenge, kids may need a helping hand from a grown-up, especially when working with materials such as hydrogen peroxide or working in the kitchen. The app itself is straightforward and easy to navigate. The on-screen tool promotes offscreen learning and motivates kids to acquire or refine skills. Through the activities they'll explore key art and science concepts and they'll also practice thinking, reasoning, and creativity skills that can be applied in other situations. Although many of the challenges can be enjoyed independently, there are also plenty of project ideas that can be enjoyed as a family.
Families will love the fact that the DIY.org – Creative Challenges is a kids-only learning community. The safeguards and precautions taken by the developers will give parents peace of mind, especially since there's a social media component to the app. Of course, no platform is perfect, so it's still best to talk to kids about what's OK to post and what to do if someone's mean, but human moderators and the lack of private messages keeps it generally safe and positive. Kids will reap the benefits of interacting with other DIYers, learning from peers, feeling inspired, and sharing their own work, while parents enjoy the assurance of community guidelines and human oversight aimed at keeping kids safe and creating a respectful and age-appropriate platform. The only drawback is that $19.99 a month -- and the potential cost of materials -- will make this app inaccessible to many families. A tiered subscription model would help more families be able to use it.