Let's Create! Pottery HD

Common Sense Media says

Sim turns devices into potter's wheel to teach craft.

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What parents need to know

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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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

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • the economy

Arts

  • sculpture
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • meditation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • the economy

Arts

  • sculpture
  • painting

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • meditation

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$4.99
Release date:July 26, 2010
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Infinite Dreams Inc.
Version:1.01
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2 or later, Android 2.0.1 and up

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Kid, 10 years old August 21, 2011
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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
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Fun and twisty sim is too fun!

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