A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Elmo's Monster Maker is a Sesame Street app that is more for fun than for hardcore learning. The app features video of Elmo and a selection of faceless muppets waiting to be customized. Kids can choose from a good number of eyes, noses, horns, hats, etc., and make a muppet all their own. The created muppets will the interact and play with Elmo in real video footage.
What's it about?
Kids design their own monster puppet, adding eyes, a nose, and hat, and then play with their monster. They can take a picture of their creation, make their monster dance, or see a short skit with their monster and Elmo. The graphics are impressively realistic, and the backgrounds and body parts are updated seasonally.
Is it any good?
ELMO'S MONSTER MAKER is a great app. The video on it is truly amazing. You will create a muppet monster, choosing the eyes, nose, hat, and so on, but when that monster plays and dances with Elmo in the videos, it looks totally real. There's a real wow factor for young kids (and frankly, adults may think it's pretty neat, too). The interplay between Elmo and your custom muppet will also be genuinely funny. It may feel a bit short, but with so many possible combinations and so many potentially new and different monsters, there's plenty of replay value.
For kids who love preschool apps and silly stuff
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