Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose

Common Sense Media says

Easy-to-use story creator is also a fun art app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Draw and Tell is intuitive and easy to use. There are no instructions so some kids may need a little help getting started and with some of the editing features.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Draw and Tell joins Monsters Vs. Superheroes Comic Book Maker and Princess Fairy Tale Maker as one of a few apps from Duck Duck Moose that encourage storytelling. While the other two have obvious themes, Draw and Tell keeps it simple. Kids choose from a variety of different backgrounds, colors, characters, objects, and even stencils to create their drawings. Once they are ready, they can record a story or whatever they want while moving around the characters. There are also many coloring templates for those who just want to color.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Well-designed for very young artists and storytellers, Draw and Tell has easy-to-find icons for recording, drawing, coloring, and more. For kids who want more structure, it offers predesigned coloring pages, too.

Learning Approach

A range of settings and character options provides some starter choices, but for the most part kids learn here through experimentation and self-directed art creation and storytelling. 

Support

Kids may need some adult direction at first. Draw and Tell takes a mostly hands-off approach to guiding kids. Verbal tutorials are very limited.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Kids can learn about making and telling stories as they design and record stories with Draw and Tell. The app offers ideas for getting started with a range of settings and character options. Once the ideas start flowing, it's up to kids where the story goes. The app's hands-off approach empowers kids to create on their own, plus it can be a great opportunity for families to create together. With some guidance from parents, Draw and Tell – by Duck Duck Moose can be a fun way to introduce young kids to digital storytelling.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In DRAW AND TELL – BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE, kids choose from different backgrounds, characters, colors, and stencils to create artwork and stories. Kids can edit the orientation and size of the stencils and can write or draw directly onto a scene with a variety of utensils. When done designing and setting up the scene, kids can record a story and other sounds. While recording, kids can drag the characters around on the screen to illustrate plot points. Kids can also color ready-made templates and save their creations for sharing and future use.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like with other apps by Duck Duck Moose, Draw and Tell is an attractive and engaging app for kids. While there may not be much in the way of instruction, feedback, or prompts to guide the storytelling, it is very kid friendly and intuitive to use. It leaves the creating to the kids – and there's plenty to be had with the variety of characters, objects, scenes, and more. Some kids may need more guidance than others in terms of coming up with story ideas, especially because Draw and Tell doesn't have a specific theme like superheroes or princesses. And for kids who are more interested in making art than in storytelling, they can still create their own drawings or use the coloring templates. Draw and Tell gives kids the option to be story makers or just to simply color for fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Guide your kids as they create the story by asking questions about plot elements and characters.

  • Read and share your kids' finished products and give them encouraging feedback for future stories.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 25, 2013
Category:Education
Size:23.30 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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