LQ: 7.7


Brain grade: 7.2
Fun score: 8.2

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

PhotoToaster is a highly functional photo-editing app, combining elements from Photoshop and Instagram for optimal customization. Users can edit each photo’s size and shape, while applying a variety of filters that alter hue, color, saturation, and sharpness. Photographs can be cropped, re-sized  and rotated, allowing users to highlight the subtleties of any image. Edited photos can then be uploaded to a variety of social networking accounts, or shared via email or text messaging. Users will find themselves exercising their Flexibility and Self-Awareness thinking skills, as the app fosters experimentation, creative expression and social interaction. The app is $1.99, but a lite version, PhotoToaster Jr. is available for free. PhotoToaster is easy to use, and is recommended for children ages 6 and older, though parents need to oversee their children’s use of the app if the social networking features are to be used.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

PhotoToasterUsers can exercise their Flexibility skills with a mindful use of PhotoToaster. The variety of filter options encourages users to experiment with the imagery they capture, as they well see the many ways in which an image can be represented. Photo apps are very much based around the concept of trial and error - and Phototoaster is no exception. Users who have a vision for their photograph before the editing process will need to employ a bit of experimentation to achieve their desired outcome. Less flexible users who take a more rigid approach or hastily publish pictures quickly will find that their creations may lack originality and polish, so it is important to take the time to utilize the tools available to augment imagery into something original and visually appealing. There is no right or wrong way to alter an image; it is simply a matter of tasteful intuition. Acquiring this sensibility is best achieved experimenting with creative outlets like photography.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts, and feelings.

Because images from PhotoToaster can by synced with a variety of social media platforms, including Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, users can share their photos with their followers or friends. By extension, the app helps users engage in social behavior. Uploading pictures to social platforms naturally sparks discussion, both complimentary and critical. Users can monitor the number of likes or retweets a photo receives, but it is more beneficial for users to comment on photos posted by their peers - even reach out to them to learn their techniques for taking photos. The mutual exchange of information - compliments and criticism - allows users to become more self-aware, as they will be better able to judge and reform their own behavior (which in this case is taking and editing photographs).

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