TinyTap - Educational Games

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Play, create, and share interactive games and lessons.

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age 3+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about topics in language arts, math, science, history, personal skills, music, and more. There's educational content on TinyTap for kids up to age 14, although most of the content is geared toward kids in pre-K to early elementary school. Content is limited unless you subscribe to the Pro service.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use, although content is very limited unless you subscribe to the Pro service.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

The TinyTap Pro premium service is highlighted prominently and often.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TinyTap, Create & Play Educational Games is an app that adults or kids can use to create lessons, games, or quizzes or to learn with digital materials made by other people. Search for a resource -- games, puzzles, sound boards, e-books, and more -- by subject, language, and grade level. Creating an interactive resource requires an iPad or Android tablet but does not require any coding. Users can include personal photos, make their own designs, or use templates ("creation packs") and graphics within TinyTap. A $4.99/month subscription is required for access to all games and lessons, learning data, private storage, and no ads. User can also purchase some features individually via in-app purchase. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the type of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byLizaswann79 August 21, 2018

Not happy

My children got a bit bored quickly, think they are too young. Was not planning on joining or paying as we arw not using it. Hot a bill on my credit card for a... Continue reading

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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.

App details

  • 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
    Arts: drawing
  • 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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