Let's Create! Pottery HD

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Sim turns devices into potter's wheel to teach craft.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how relaxing creativity can be as they create pottery in a meditative outdoor environment, complete with green grass and nature sounds. They'll also learn about art in different time periods and cultures and how economics factors in to creative outlets as they earn money from "selling" their creations. They can even witness the impact of technology on the arts, if they choose to have one of their iPad-created designs printed on a 3D printer and shipped to them at home. Way cool. Though Let's Create! Pottery HD doesn't officially teach kids how to throw pottery, they'll learn a lot about the creative process, culture, and technology.

Ease of Play

Players touch the lump of clay to shape it, thus mimicking real-life pottery making. The app would benefit from a tutorial or a better feedback system, though, since it's not always clear why a creation isn't living up to the client's wishes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this app gives kids a virtual spin at the pottery wheel. By tapping and pressing the screen lightly, they'll mold the clay as it spins, then harden it in the kiln, and decorate it with colors and patterns. Kids can express themselves creatively in free-play mode. If they choose the email assignments, they can practice copying a piece of work as well as learn a bit about the art in different cultures. It won't actually teach kids real-world pottery skills, but it's a fun, relaxing diversion. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjanicem3 December 8, 2015

Attention to detail and finger dexterity learned in fun creative outlet

65 yr old here, says try it I think you will like it. But there's little tutorial support by the company. Little subtle movements are needed for getting... Continue reading
Adult Written byMai Louise F. March 4, 2017

Let's Create Pottery HD is an easy going App that provides you with many hours of fun

I am a Danish citizen, and have a homepage, where I have selected a few App's and by text and photos I give a great vies of what you get in this or that Ap... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 21, 2011

Simple interface

Great app and very simple interface! And it's all one purchase, you purchase the rest with "coins" (Not real money)
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck September 4, 2010

What's it about?

This app lets kids experience creating pottery without the expensive equipment or mess. Kids see designs from different cultures -- Japanese, Celtic, Egyptian, Greek, African, etc. -- and can use the ideas in their artwork and explore different materials used in creating pottery. Creating one piece takes just a few minutes, during which kids will experience a calm working environment with peaceful nature sounds and setting.

Is it any good?

If you're unlikely to find yourself in a real pottery workshop any time soon, LET'S CREATE! POTTERY is a decent substitute but requires patience. Players receive fake "emails" from clients with orders to fill and a photo of a piece of pottery that they have to recreate as best they can. The issue is, there's no sense of scale and the app isn't very good about giving feedback beyond "this doesn't look like what I asked for." How tall is that vase supposed to be? How wide is that bowl? It's a bit of a guessing game. Kids might have more fun in the freeplay mode where they can just create to their heart's content. Pottery creations can be sold at an in-app auction to earn coins that are used to buy new paint colors and patterns.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to get creative. Give kids the opportunity to explore and create hands-on with different types of clay and dough. The sensory experience develops fine motor skills in young kids and is relaxing for all ages.

  • Kids can create pots or bowls with salt dough or air-drying clay and then paint their creations, just as they do in the game.

App details

For kids who love creativity

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