What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids can create unique pixel art and animation on PIXEL'D, which also features lots of ways to share art online. This app is made for kids who are just starting to play with digital art, as well as kids who are more advanced; however, younger kids may get frustrated with the multiple options but limited direction on the app (there are tutorials on a companion website). Kids who get the concept quickly, though, are likely to have lots of fun creating some unique, amazing art. Parents of younger users may want to limit online sharing options and set restrictions on in-app purchases (for "expansion packs" that allow kids to use more Disney characters' images in their creations).
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- making new creations
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
PIXEL'D will likely be highly engaging for kids who are new to digital are and kids who are more advanced. Younger kids may require a parent's help to find instructions or could get quickly frustrated.
Kids are encouraged to use their imagination in combination with the tools on this app to tell a story digitally through drawing and animation. Kids can work with others via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi collaboratively on drawings.
Younger kids or kids just learning may get frustrated with all of the options on PIXEL'D and need adult guidance. There's also a tutorial on a companion website.
What's it about?
A blank canvas and a menu full of options become the starting points for kids to create animated pixel art. Using Disney characters and their own imagination, kids choose from many options to create animated drawings, stories, or scenes up to 20 frames long, which can then be shared online and in the app's gallery. Kids can create with a friend who is also using PIXEL'D in real time via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Is it any good?
For kids who want to try creating animation, PIXEL'D could be the perfect place to start, although the difficulty level and social sharing will require parents to be more involved with younger kids' play. Many of the Disney characters featured on the app are geared toward younger kids, but parents will need to help those kids find tutorials and set appropriate settings for social sharing and in-app purchases.
Older kids and kids who are advanced in digital art will find lots of creative options and social sharing capabilities here. It may take a while to get used to the look of large pixel-style drawing on PIXEL'D, but kids can alter the size of the canvas to make it look less "pixelated." The little "pop" noise that kids hear as they draw across the screen adds to this app's fun vibe, where the art creation can be as silly or serious as kids want it to be.
Families can talk about...
If your kids are too young to post their creations on social networking sites but still want to share them with others, help them email them to a grandparent, friend, or teacher.
Help kids find the tutorials and walk through all of the features with them to help maximize their fun and creative options.