DIY.org – Creative Challenges

App review by Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

How-to videos ignite curiosity and nurture key skills.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 5+

Great safe creative positive community

I love this community. It is safe, it is creative and hands on, it is a wonderful thing for kids to share and learn and be creative. My daughter loves is and has helped her feel more confident, try new things, practice others, get creative and feel less shy about her ideas etc. I love that it is only for kids so its safe and protected, no adults looking around or texting, just the moderators who have been amazing and really positive figures for the kids and it is based on community and positive reinforcement. A general good vibe. you can find so many different options so no matter what your kids like or are interested in, theres something for them. con: can be expensive ($8USD a month). yes can be expensive if you think of all the other monthly services you need to pay for but in my case its worth it and the only reason I keep paying is because my daughter has really enjoyed it and feels way more confident and has developed new skills and interests and since we are homeschooling and still live in a covid restricted place, this helos her "socialize" so i take it as an "after school class" so it doesn't hurt to pay but yes I think the price is too much and maybe they should consider a cheaper price. Also needs a little bit of time management like I have to set conditions because my daughter has never been into electronics and this specific app has her hooked so i have to set rules and limit because if not she could spend the whole day checking out new challenges and ideas on what to do, yes its creative and social etc but still dont want her to get dependant on checking an app every 5 min. My boy who is very shy and not hands on did not really like it, tried a few challenges and moved on

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age 5+

Good community — but very expensive

My daughter, now 11, has been a member for a couple of years, and it used to be free. A few months ago it became a paid service, and the price is now no less than $19 USD per month. I think this is far too much. There are some instructional videos on the site, and some community moderation too. But at least in my daughter's case, this is primarily a community site where kids can present their projects and hook up with other kids. You are essentially paying $19 a month for access to a platform where the members produce and share the content. That's too much. The concept is good, and the kids in the community motivate each other, but a much more reasonable price would be $5 a month.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, presenting to others, writing, Math: patterns, shapes, Science: animals, engineering, biology, chemistry, ecosystems and the environment, electricity, energy, geology, gravity, measurement, momentum, motion, physics, plants, rocks and minerals, substance properties, weather, Arts: dance, drawing, film, improvising and music analysis, movement, music, painting, photography, rhythm, singing, Hobbies: building, collecting, cooking, fashion, gardening, pets
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, collecting data, decision-making, defining problems, hypothesis-testing, investigation, logic, making conclusions, part-whole relationships, prediction, problem solving, spatial reasoning, thinking critically, Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, innovation, making new creations, Self-Direction: effort, goal-setting, initiative, motivation, personal growth, work to achieve goals, Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking, Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork, Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, integrity, respect for others, Tech Skills: coding, digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (14-day free trial then $15-20 per month depending on family size.)
  • Release date: August 7, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Cooking and Baking, STEM, Arts and Dance, Music and Sing-Along, Science and Nature
  • Publisher: DIY, Co
  • Version: 5.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 24, 2020

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