App Obsession: DIY.org
In an ever-growing tech society, it can be hard to pull the kids away from their video games, iPhones or favorite TV shows and get them in touch with their own creativity. Crafting pulls out that creativity and allows kids to explore what it is that interests them in a fun, hands-on way, but it's not always easy to come up with something that the kids will think is cool. That's why parents and kids alike will love this app from DIY.org.
Why kids love it:
Not only is it an awesome way to keep track of all the crafty projects that they create, it's a way for the kids to show off their talents to other kids and share ideas on future projects. Much like Instagram, the kids can post pictures of what they've made, but they can also post video. DIY.org also created a Skills section that rewards kids with badges for having completed projects under different categories. For example, if the kids are thinking about building a fort, the fort badge challenges them to build it out of three different materials before obtaining the badge. These badges seem like a great way to get excited about making something rather than watching it on TV and it gets the creative juices flowing by making them complete various tasks before becoming a Maker.
Why parents love it:
This app may allow kids to share their craftiness with the world, but that doesn't mean they lose their privacy. Kids use a variety of animal masks to protect their identity while still being able to show off their creations. The app also requires permission of the parent in order for their child's project page to go public, letting you know about the page before the whole world does. A Parents Dashboard allows you to keep an eye on the activities that are being posted to make sure that nothing too personal is being published, as well as allowing you to brag to your friends about your own friends about you little crafter's creations.
--Jess Krager/images courtesy of DIY.org