What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- cultural understanding
- the economy
- making new creations
Health & Fitness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Creating and painting the pots is a fun process, and it's pretty relaxing, too -- especially with the grassy outdoor setting and the sounds of nature.
Kids won't actually learn to throw pottery using this app, but they can definitely express themselves creatively, choosing colors and styles for their pots and vases. They'll follow visual instructions to copy classic works and get a sense of what it would be like to sell pottery for a living or a hobby.
The game's portal offers ideas for pot designs and a design of the day. It's available in nine languages, and kids get a basic tutorial the first time they play.
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.
Families can talk 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.