Wreck This App



Permission to be destructive can inspire creativity.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls work fine, though some previous knowledge of the workings of your mobile device is necessary for some of the activities. Certain pages will tell you to upload a photo onto the page, but knowing how to do that is up to you.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wreck this App uses the format of a journal to assign you tasks that make you think creatively. Based on book Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith, many of the exercises are posed as challenges and made to sound destructive, such as scribbling all over a page of typed text or defacing a photo. None of it is really destructive, of course, especially since this is an app and a single tap can erase any of the artistic "damage" done. The app is really trying to spark kids’ imaginations by encouraging messy, app-style art. Kids can opt to share their masterpieces via email.

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The genius behind WRECK THIS APP lies in the way it allows kids to feel subversive but is really teaching them ways to harness their own creativity. Whether a child is suffering from a youthful writer's block or is just plain bored, her imagination can easily be sparked by the chance to drip ink all over a page or scribble a mustache and eyepatch onto a hated photo of herself. The scrawling, smearing messiness of the activities here feel uniquely different from those found in more traditional creativity journals. This being an app (in which anything you do is inherently temporary), there may be somewhat less of a visceral thrill than you'd get from defacing the pages of an actual paper book -- but the app factor has its upsides, too, as in the ability to upload photos and share copies of the messy art you make.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:July 19, 2011
Size:9.80 MB
Publisher:Penguin Group USA
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Educator Written bymissedutton September 30, 2015

Unleash Your Emotions and Imagination with this App!

I love this app and was thrilled to see it has recently been turned into a book. This is a great tool for beating boredom and helping students think creatively. On each page they are asked to complete a range of tasks, ranging from 'add a photo of dirt, garbage or stains' through to 'choose a photo of yourself you dislike. deface'. The prompts are silly, engaging and fun and are guaranteed to help you draw creatively. I also think this is a great app to use when you have long journeys and are bored and also I recommend having students with a lot of energy or emotional issues use this app.
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