A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dress Me Up is one of the few dress-up apps to include both boy and girl characters. It allows kids to place their characters in a number of different situations and careers, most of which are not stereotypically gender-based (a girl firefighter, for example). Kids can access a link to the developer's website on the menu screen and have the option of sharing images of the characters they create on Facebook.
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What's it about?
The start screen asks kids to "choose a person" (a boy or girl), and then choose either a default face or use the camera to take a picture of their own face. Kids tap to select skin color, hair, clothing, and hats. Kids can save their creation to the app or the device's photo album. Users can also post to Facebook. Users can turn on or off the music from the menu screen.
Is it any good?
DRESS ME UP may not have the best-looking artwork in the world, but as a simple dress-up game, it provides a simple activity for little kids to have a fun, creative time. The app feels geared toward very young kids, but some of the features don't mesh with that audience. The menu is text only, making it less accessible, and the Facebook connect option seems out of place here. Overall, the app is a little clunky and some kids might want more control over clothing options or colors (the color selector tool wasn't working on this version of the app). Dress Me Up does get some bonus points, though, not just for having boy characters to dress up, but for staying away from gender stereotypes when it comes to the costume choices.
Talk to your kids about ...
Put together a box of clothes, shoes, and accessories for your kids to play dress-up at home. Include boy stuff, too, and everyone can get in on the fun.
Help your little ones take responsibility for getting dressed. Have them help as you pick out their clothes. Ask them what clothing they need to get ready for the day.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: fashion
- Skills: Health & Fitness: body awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, part-whole relationships
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: $.99
- Release date: May 31, 2011
- Category: Kids' Games
- Size: 9.20 MB
- Publisher: Captive Games
- Version: 2.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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