Dress Me Up

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Dress-up app for boys and girls is a little buggy.

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age 4+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a little about body awareness and personal care routines as they merrily dress both boy and girl characters. With the camera function, kids can use their own faces or those of family and friends to create their final character. Kids can express creativity by changing the color of outfits and adding fun accessories. With a little guidance, Dress Me Up lets kids express creativity and practice a daily activity through play.

Ease of Play

Menu options are text only, which makes this less accessible for young kids and pre-readers. Once kids select a face and enter the dress-up portion of the app, it's easy to figure out how to change clothing, hats, skin color, and more.

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Consumerism

A link on the menu screen takes kids out of the app to the developer's website.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Parent Written byCstucchi September 6, 2012

Android Permissions Over the top!

I am wondering why the android app needs access to my camera and all the images on my phone, phone and state identity and information about WiFi and all nework... Continue reading

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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.

App details

For kids who love creative apps and dress-up

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