Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Children’s iPad App, Plum’s Creaturizer

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Plum’s Creaturizer is an iPad app from developer PBS. I have previously reviewed Plum’s Photo Hunt.

From the developer:

• Build a billion (really!) unique creatures using over a hundred body parts based on real animals.
• Customize each creature's body, head, legs, eyes, tail, wings, ears, horns, and skin.
• Take photos of your creature outdoors, "photobombing" them into the scene.
• Complete missions for each creature in which you consider its needs (habitat, diet, and adaptations).
• Answer questions to get you thinking about how your creatures might live - how they hunt, eat, look for water, make homes, defend themselves, and raise their young.
• Watch a slideshow featuring a day in the life of your creature.
• Visit the gallery, displaying all your creatures, and add to, review, or edit your photos. Photos are saved to the in-app Gallery and your device's camera roll.

What I liked:

This is a very simple app, free, easy to navigate and a way to get kids to interact with the world of nature and a digital creation. Basically it shows children how to create a fantastical creature of their own by mix and matching offered body parts like legs, wings and abdomens. Then it invites them to go outside to take photos of their creature by finding places where it might build a nest, look for water and other “missions.”

Kids might like to use a creature as an avatar. They could facilitate this by taking the photo against a plain background so it's easy to remove. A creature could become a character in a story or a prompt for a friend to write a story about. Plum's Creaturizer might also make a fun introduction to a science unit on animals.

I’ll be adding this app to my List of Ways for Kids to Create an Image with iPad. If you're interested in other ways to use the iPad camera in an educational or home setting, check out iPad Photography Ideas for Kids.

Where do I get it?

iTunes USA

Note: After a short break, The Book Chook will be back April 11 and 13 with a review and activity ideas for the NSS book, Hickory Dickory Dash


  1. This sounds interesting and I bet kids love putting the images together. Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jess. I agree - it's a great way to have fun at the same time as using the iPad camera!


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