Design and Play – Monster Cute Jewels by Croco Studio is a cute, visually appealing app, designed for children aged 3 and up. With both a matching game and a design game, the app caters to children who still need guided support and those ready to freely create their own masterpieces. The app is simple to use and directions are given visually so that all children can access the game.
After clicking on the Play option from the main menu, children are presented with a fun monster wiggling and waving from the screen. A necklace already adorns the creature, but the beads are sucked off of him and put down at the bottom in a scrolling line. Children must find and match the correct beads to the monsters chain to earn stars. His sound effects guide children as to whether they have selected the correct jewels. There are many beads to choose from, so be careful in your matching. Each time you play, a different monster and bead collection appears.
The Design option lets children create their own masterpieces. At the time of this review, each package of themed beads can be purchased as in-app purchases. Themes include colors, shapes, warrior, spring, ocean, monsters, fruit, Halloween, and Christmas. Each pack comes with a variety of monsters. Choose your monster from the top pull down menu, your theme from the bottom or side menus. Then create away. Pull beads to the necklace to drop them in place. When your necklace is finished, you can take a photo with your necklace. Options to take a picture with your adorable monster, of someone else with your necklace super imposed on top, or a selfie of you in your creation allow you to save each image to the camera roll.
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This is a cute app, bottom line. The monsters are adorable and friendly and the waving and bouncing around are fun to watch. The monsters are 3D, allowing the user to twist and turn them as they design the string of beads. Add in the completely amusing sound effects, and you’ve got a good time on your hands. Younger children will be able to match beads in the Play section easily. Older children will enjoy creating their own necklaces in the Design section. I used it to reinforce patterning skills and symmetry with my son. We made Christmas necklaces and then enjoyed the camera options. I really liked the option to put the necklace on a photo – the quality of the image with the necklace is better than many apps I’ve seen with similar capabilities.
Overall, Design and Play – Monster Cute Jewels is a fun and creative app. The cute monsters, options for matching or designing, and photo options make this a good time. Check out the Christmas theme package for great holiday activity.
Design and Play – Monster Cute Jewels is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
Promo Price - Free - RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, the app has no ads or external links, but does have in-app purchases for bead and monster packs protected by a parental gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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