A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
With CHOMP BY CHRISTOPH NIEMANN, your kid's own face can be front and center in silly animated line drawings. Scroll left or right through the over 50 scenes, such as a flower in a pot or a cowboy riding a rocking horse. Each drawing has a blank oval, which gets filled in with whatever image kids direct the device's camera toward. Note that you're not taking a picture to fill the blank area; instead, you're just pointing the camera at the image you want. Tap the drawing to set simple animations in motion -- pick the petals on the flower, make the cowboy do riding tricks -- and then tap the video-camera icon to record the animation and sound. All recordings get saved to your device's camera roll.
Is it any good?
Superimposing their faces onto simple, attractive drawings and watching silliness ensue is sure to produce some giggles. With just over 50 drawings, there's a good-size collection of scenarios for kids to experiment with. Some short animations provide a nice touch of surprise and magic while others are just plain for laughs, like when the cowboy and rocking horse switch places and the horse becomes the rider. It's a nice touch to be able to take a video, though the video is simply a recording of the preset animation -- that is, kids don't have any control over the movement. And that's the main rub here: Kids have little creative control over their experience. Videos also didn't always show up on the camera roll. So, while CHOMP by Christoph Niemann is good for a round of pure silliness and good family fun, it's somewhat of a one-trick pony.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about and invent stories using the drawings as a springboard. Where is the cowboy going?
Make faces showing different emotions and talk about how the feel of the whole drawing changes.
Play as a family and have a good laugh together -- you can even involve the family pet!
For kids who love animation and photography
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