Kids learn well in the process of creation
Integrating education with recreation is essential to creating an effective, beneficial kids app. This is why we ultimately decided on allowing kids to grow their own garden by consuming different educational content and fun activities.
Kids love rewards or feedback on their actions
Immediate feedback on all actions, whether it be visually or auditorily, is expected. Whereas adults may only want feedback on what they have done wrong, it’s important to give kids praise for what they’ve done right as well.
Challenges + competition are key motivators
As mentioned above, kids love rewards, and these rewards can be earned from surpassing challenges or winning competitions. Giving kids opportunities to accomplish rewarding tasks and compete against themselves or others helps them stay interested in the app.
Don’t forget about the parents
While we should focus on designing for children first, parents are another major type of user of kids’ apps. It’s still important to think of how they would want to interact with the app and their children. Parents generally also want their kids to learn while playing.
Due to the limited time we had, we focused on collecting information via secondary research through several articles. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)