Plum's Creaturizer

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Make creatures and take pics outside for fantastic fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about animals and habitats as they use their imaginations to create their own fantastic creatures and imagine how those creatures would live and eat. There's no direct instruction about habitats, or even the vocabulary, but kids are still thinking through the process while they're immersed in play -- just the way young kids learn best. They'll be creative and take silly risks as well as get outside and look at the world around them with the eyes of a scientist thinking about the animal they're studying. Plum's Creaturizer is a silly, creative game that packs quite a bit of educational value for kids.

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Verbal directions, as well as written, walk kids through the process step by step.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Plum's Creaturizer lets kids make their own fantastic creature and then photograph it in a habitat kids choose, based on the creature's features. Kids can take pictures inside or outside with their creature superimposed onto the image; kids are reminded to get an adult's permission before going outside. For each creature kids can take four pictures and save them to their creature gallery. There are no sharing options from within the app, but the photos are saved to the device's camera roll and could be shared from there.

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What's it about?

In PLUM'S CREATURIZER kids start by creating their not-found-in-nature creature, tapping to change each part head to toe. They can make a billion different creatures by mixing and matching mouths, heads, wings, bodies, legs, eyes, tails, and head pieces. Then kids think through how their creature lives, eats, hides, nests, and more, responding to specific missions by taking a picture of the creature in the real world. Kids can resize and reposition the creature so it fits just right and then view a slide show of their pictures. 

Is it any good?

Leave it to PBS Kids to create a fun way to spark kids' imaginations, encourage creative and critical thinking, and get them outside. Other apps let kids get creative putting together whimsical creatures, monsters, or robots, but this one extends that creative fun, letting kids create a narrative around their creature. They'll think critically about where their creature would sleep, raise babies, keep warm, and more -- as prompted by the missions -- and then they can get out and about, observing the world around them. The commands are easy for kids to complete, and each mission can be completed pretty quickly. Though the functionality is somewhat limited and kids can't create their own creature pieces, this free app still has a lot to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the creature their kid has created. What is its name? Why does it have the features it has?

  • Let kids create their own creatures using materials around the house: Clay, chenille sticks, craft sticks, and other recycled objects can be used to make some pretty fantastic creatures.

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For kids who love animals and the outdoors

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