A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To play TINYTAP, CREATE & PLAY EDUCATIONAL GAMES, tap "Start Exploring" to view already created games or tap "Learn How to Create" if you want to make your own. If you tap "Start Exploring," answer the question and enter your information to join. Personalize your learning experience by language and age. An ad will appear, offering that you try a free subscription to their premium subscription service. Subscribe or tap the "x" to decline. View the different options for games and topics, and choose one by searching or tapping. Wait for it to download, and then play. You can assign an activity to your child on a certain date. To create a game or lesson, tap "Learn How to Create" and view options and helpful tools (only available for iPad and Android tablet). Choose a template and type of resource you'd like to create, and the app leads you step by step from that point forward. The subscription-based Pro version has many more options than the free version.
Is it any good?
This award-winning educational app has an incredible breadth of resources made by and shared among its users. TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games is sort of like Teachers Pay Teachers but for digital materials and with the bonus of a built-in creation tool. Since many users -- teachers, parents, therapists, and kids -- generate content, the quality of the games and lessons varies widely. Also, some require payment while others share their creations for free. Creators can choose to share their personally made content with only their kid, their class, or the entire TinyTap community. Though the option to search by grade level and language is very helpful, there's more content for younger children than for kids in middle school. The creation tool is step by step and very simple to use -- no coding necessary. Since teaching is often a step to mastery, this crowdsourced learning is a great motivational and learning tool.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the benefits of creating a personalized game or other resource to help them learn a subject or skill. How does the process of creating something help the creator learn it? What might you like to create for TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games?
Browse some of the resources with your kid and try a few. Which ones are particularly fun and useful? Which ones could be improved upon? Suggest that your kid try to create a game or other learning resource based on what they like and didn't like about those resources.
Talk about how photos and other images can help your kid remember facts.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary
Math: addition, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, estimation, fractions, geometry, graphing, grouping, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes, subtraction
Science: animals, engineering, astronomy, biology, ecosystems, measurement, plants, substance properties, weather
Social Studies: events, geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Tech Skills: digital creation
Health & Fitness: hygiene and self care
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try
- Subscription price: $4.99/month
- Release date: April 12, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 89.20 MB
- Publisher: TinyTap Ltd.
- Version: 3.0.9
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
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