Foldify

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Classic 3-D paper craft transformed; actual paper optional.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about digital creation and making new things by using their imaginations to design and decorate 3-D objects. The art of paper craft (if you choose to print) also can provide kids with a fun way to experiment with folding and feeling 3-D shapes and an opportunity to develop fine motor skills. Foldify is an engaging, challenging way to work in digital- and paper-art creation. 

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. There's a brief, clear tutorial at the beginning that explains each step. The simple, intuitive user interface displays all creation, sharing, and printing options. There are easy printing options for 3-D paper creations made with AirPrint or by sending a PDF file. Users can print in small, medium, or large sizes and can print other users' shared creations from the gallery.

Violence & Scariness

Some shared creations or accessories may contain "mild horror" or "fear themes." (No significantly violently themed Foldify creations were observed on the shared Foldify gallery.) 

Sexy Stuff

One of the in-app purchase options (in a kid-protected area) is an underwear set that includes lingerie. Some Foldify creations shared in the gallery have romantic themes. 

Language
Consumerism

Another app created by the same developer is promoted on the main page. Some Foldify accessories require in-app purchases for $0.99. Many Foldify creations include commercial images, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Minecraft, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

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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. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: shapes
    Arts: drawing, sculpture
    Hobbies: building
  • 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

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