“The Creativas” is a new fashion app intended for aspiring designers and creative kids alike. Featured in the App Store as one of the “Best New Apps & Games” in the Kids Category in both the US and Canadian App Stores, The Creativas relishes creativity and inspires children’s imaginations.
Essentially, the goal of The Creativas is to inspire kids to be creative and to develop positive images of themselves by promoting self-expression through creation-based play. At the centre of the brand is a cool new interactive app called “Creativas Design Studio” which lets kids integrate real-life arts and crafts into digital gaming using their tablet or smartphone–the “catch” is that this program also requires kids to use printed out paper worksheets and good old fashioned pencils and pens (or even paints) to design patterns for clothing that will then be digitally transferred onto the app.
This blending of the digital and the physical is expertly done and the process between hands-on work and digital details resembles the real-life processes of actual professional designers. The Creativas is certainly a beautifully animated app that takes place in a thrift shop. This is a usual location for a children’s game but also a very suitable one given the subject matter. After all, many aspiring designers do spend time in such locations gathering materials!
The characters are interesting–which is somewhat of a rarity in children’s app games–and there are many pre-loaded sequences which will make the game engaging even for kids who have not yet had the chance to print out the worksheet and color the clothes. For instance, there is a “wardrobe” segment that enables users to personalize the characters clothing based on a wide array of preloaded clothing options. When the clothes are colored in on the worksheets and successfully downloaded onto the app the results are spot-on. No matter how intricately you color the clothes, they will appear exactly the same when digitalized which is quite impressive. There are numerous “Lesson Plans” which keep kids engaged although it is lamentable that there is no option to actually design the shape of clothes instead of simply working off the provided templates.
Overall, this is an app that will appeal more to girls than boys and it will hold special interest for girls who are interested in fashion. I would suggest this most strongly for ages 6-12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. To learn more, visit the official Creativas website and Facebook.