A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Foldify includes creative tools that users can combine to make 3-D figures, which can be printed on paper, cut, and folded. The app provides blank shapes, themed templates, colors for painting, and sticker-like objects to add to the shapes and templates for highly customizable creations. Make a standing SpongeBob SquarePants figure, a finely decorated heart-shaped box, a set of dice you can really roll, a cube of silly faces, or whatever else you can imagine. There's also an option to use your own photos as well as a coloring book with pre-made creations that kids can simply color, print, and fold to shape. Creations can be stored in a personal collection on the app, shared with friends via email, printed (in small, medium, or large sizes), or posted to the Foldify online gallery to share with other users.
What's it about?
View the brief FOLDIFY tutorial, then tap the "+" to create a new figure. Select from a wide variety of templates (shapes, cars, monsters, and more). Use the editing tools across the top of the screen to draw, color, and erase. Hold your finger down on an object, then drag and drop it to add a variety of accessories and decorations. Pinch to shrink. Swipe a finger across the shape to rotate it and see all sides. Share online, or print using AirPrint or email the creation as a printable PDF.
Is it any good?
Foldify empowers kids to go far beyond the typical paper airplane or folded paper box. This brilliant app makes paper crafting so simple that early elementary school-age kids can design simple creations, yet the diverse collection of design options means this app can support older, more skilled artists in making whatever their imaginations envision. The online gallery shows what Foldify users around the world are making, and users can print those shared creations, too. Sharing, sending, and printing is easy, as is folding the paper to make 3-D, standalone objects. There's not much needed to add to Foldify's fun, other than more stringent ways to protect kids from accidentally posting creations that may include their own personal photos or names to the online gallery (right now it only requires swiping two fingers).
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents of younger kids may want to help them print, then cut out and fold their creations the first few times. Once kids have been guided in how to cut and fold, it will become easier.
Talk about the difference between seeing the digital version of the objects on the app and seeing the printed object. Ask your kid: What's different about how you can interact with the two objects, even though they're "the same" creation?
Remind kids not to use full names as usernames, and discuss your family rules about sharing personal photos in online public galleries.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Math: shapes
Arts: drawing, sculpture
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Self-Direction: self-assessment, self-reflection
Tech Skills: digital creation
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $3.99 ($.99 in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Paid (You can buy clothes, accessories, and more via in-app purchase.)
- Release date: December 20, 2013
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 49.30 MB
- Publisher: Pixle
- Version: 1.5.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later