Curious About Me

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Costar with George in adorable, all-about-me movies.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express their ideas creatively with the help of a gentle and friendly monkey. They'll reflect on each prompt, thinking about themselves and their lives, before capturing video, taking pictures, or drawing in response to the prompt. They'll develop language skills through the story, and they'll learn to be curious, following George's model of asking questions and investigating. Curious About Me is a fantastic way for kids to learn about themselves and develop language skills while having some creative fun.

Ease of Play

The Man in the Yellow Hat guides kids with verbal instructions, and kids can go back and change stories they've previously created.

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The parent section, accessible by following written finger-swipe instructions, includes links to more Curious George apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious About Me features preschoolers' favorite monkey, helping kids create movies that let them think and talk about their own lives and experiences. Kids take photos of themselves, their families, friends, and pets; record audio and video to add to their stories; or create their own art. The movie incorporates these contributions into the stories, which are automatically saved in-app or to the device's camera roll. Note: It requires quite a bit of storage space to hold all the pictures and videos kids can add to their stories. 

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What's it about?

The Man in the Yellow Hat narrates, telling kids that "George is so curious to find out all about you." Kids choose to create a new movie, continue one they've already made, or watch one they've created. To make their movies, kids choose from two story options: "Curious About Me with Curious George" or "A Day at the Zoo with Curious George." They then follow the verbal instructions to color pictures, take or draw pictures, record audio, and shoot video. Their contributions are then added seamlessly into the movie.

Is it any good?

CURIOUS ABOUT ME lets kids create stories with a beloved character about the person they know best: themselves! Multiple kids can create movies, and several movies can be saved in-app, so this is a great choice for families with multiple kids. Though there are only two story theme options, kids can change up their responses to the prompts to change the stories. The verbal instructions are easy to follow, so preschoolers can set out to snap pictures, shoot video, color, and do more on their own with minimal adult intervention (although kids may need help with things such as locating where they live on the map). The movies play through impressively well, with kids' contributions fitting in seamlessly. It'd be nice to have a few more story themes, but what's included will delight kids, producing movies they'll be proud to share.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • As kids explore their home, taking pictures of people and favorite things, families can outline some safety and privacy guidelines, such as asking a person's permission before taking his or her picture and being respectful to yourself and others.

  • If kids would like to share their movie-books with a grandparent or loved one, parents can save them to their camera roll and share from there.

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