A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to express themselves through imaginative creations. If they make a piece that resembles something real and recognizable, kids will work on planning, artistic perspective, visualizing a finished product, holding a representation of different perspectives of a 3-D object, and more. However, they can also just exercise their imaginations or do experiments with the tools of destruction (will the ray gun or lightning make the blocks fly farther?). If kids participate in the community features, they'll also experience sharing their own work with strangers and editing others' work. With Tayasui Blocks, kids use a fixed set of building tools to stretch their visual, artistic, and creative skills.
Ease of Play
A basic tutorial introduces the main features, but the help features aren't great. Kids can easily learn the rest through experimentation.
Violence & Scariness
There are a handful of "destroy" options that require tapping on icons of weapons such as a revolver, a grenade, a bomb, or dynamite, but they are only used to blow up blocks.
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Products & Purchases
The "info" icon takes users to ads for additional apps from the same developer; there's a "parent gate" of named numbers to type in, but the target users can read, and the code never changes.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids have lots of room to create and express themselves with this easy-to-use platform. It's a nice touch that other users' creations are not just to look at: Kids can also use them as starting points from which to adjust, edit, and customize according to their own liking. The tools themselves are generally user-friendly and easy to manipulate. It would be nice to see even just a few additional features, such as the ability to move a block that's already been placed, to draw on blocks, or to use a variety of block types. The destroy function may seem pointless to some but will be immensely satisfying for those kids who love to see things get blown up -- even if some of the tools are quite realistically violent-looking. The sharing options are nice for creating community and allowing kids to show off what they've done. However, kids who are old enough to be using the app are also old enough to easily pass through the parent gate, so parents may want to talk about whether or not kids can share creations and view other apps. Overall, it's a simple, easily accessible platform for creating some pretty cool things.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.