Superzaic is a new app for the iPad and the iPad mini, developed by Creativity on Tap, LLC. It contains child friendly drawings that can be turned into mosaic art simply by choosing colored shapes and dragging them to the desired spot. The Starter Kit (which provides a few pictures to try) is free, with the option to purchase additional sets via in-app-purchase.
- There is a “Sweet Things” set, which contains castles, crowns, ponies, and cupcakes.
- A “Tough Stuff” set is also available; it has dinosaurs, sports, vehicles, and robots.
By purchasing both additional sets ("The Works"), a total of 40 mosaics are available.
Finished masterpieces can be saved in “My Gallery.” When I showed the pictures to a four year, he spent a long time scrolling back and forth between the drawings in “Tough Stuff.” Finally, after he had chosen his picture, he said, “Next, I want to do the robot, and after that, the helicopter, and then the train.” He gave it two thumbs up.
The user interface for Superzaic is clean and intuitive. It takes only a few seconds to demonstrate to a child what to do, and then he’s off. The independence factor is very important to children when they’re working on art. An Information page is available to parents that describes the app in detail and offers many helpful hints, including how to activate parental controls.
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I have used other mosaic apps, but Superzaic has added some features that the other apps didn’t have. These mosaics are more detailed and they have circle, square, and triangle shapes, instead of just circles. Another nice feature is called “Friendship Play,” which allows two children to work across from one another on the same mosaic, as long as the iPad is locked in portrait orientation. Because they are on opposite sides of the iPad, they do not interfere with one another.
One suggestion I would make would be to create a set of “Tot Dots,” simpler mosaics with fewer tiles and fewer colors for younger artists. My students with special needs struggled to complete their masterpieces, and they were overwhelmed by the large number of color choices. Friendship Play was good for them, because they could work cooperatively on the same piece, and still maintain their personal space.
Superzaic proudly displays its privacy icon on its website. This icon, created by the Apps Trust Project shows parents exactly how the app deals with privacy and use issues, including age of expected users , placement and display of ads, access to social media, and collection of personal data to be used or sold to a third party. At Fun Educational Apps, we applaud this trend in app development, and we expect that eventually all apps will carry such a notice, much like the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating on video games.
Superzaic provides quiet fun for children during those “stay in your seat” times- at a restaurant, on an airplane, in a waiting room, etc. With a minimum of assistance, your child can enjoy this creative and soothing activity. As I mentioned earlier, my four year old assistant gave Superzaic two thumbs up; I give it a Top Pick award in the category of creative art apps for children.
Superzaic - Kids Mosaic Crafts is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini App
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs.
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