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By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Budding designers explore creative fields, get inspired.

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KidsThinkDesign brings together a tasteful and well-rounded set of ideas and resources to evoke thought and creativity in kids and teens. As you would expect, the design is bold and simple, yet relatively full of concrete facts and concepts designed to ignite imagination and inspire thought. DIY projects may not be plentiful, but they're detailed and interesting and include creating a word cloud, assembling a skyscraper, or developing a land-use plan. Each comes with a list of needed supplies and equipment, which could include sophisticated items such as portfolio paper, mannequins, scoring tools, linoleum blocks, and design templates, as well as good ol' pens and pencils. The range of disciplines covers so many aspects of modern life, there's truly something for everyone here.

The host, Kids Design Collaborative, is clearly devoted to its mission of connecting kids with creative professionals, inspiring future designers, and promoting design thinking. That said, although one of the stated functions of the site is to periodically feature kid-submitted designs, there aren't any on the site. That's disappointing, but we hope this submitting, sharing, and showcasing element will expand and evolve, making the site more attractive to the next generation of budding designers.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, global awareness, historical figures, history, timelines, Arts: drawing, film, painting, Hobbies: building, fashion
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions, collecting data, decision-making, part-whole relationships, Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination, innovation, making new creations, Self-Direction: effort, personal growth, Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: March 9, 2020

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