iMuertos

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Explore Dia de Muertos via text, symbols; iffy privacy.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos. They'll read an explanation of the holiday's history and then dive into exploring its important symbols and their meaning. Kids can express their creativity and personality through customizing various altar items and the altar itself. With the help of a grown-up, they also can get to work in the kitchen making the yummy sweet bread, pan de muerto. Finally, kids can learn some Spanish words: la calavera, el recuerdo, el pan, and more. Though its appeal may be short-lived, iMuertos provides an interactive way to explore the holiday.

Ease of Play

There are no explicit instructions, and some screens have quite a few buttons, but overall the app is fairly simple, with most things easily figured out through trial and error.

Violence & Scariness

Of course, the theme of Dia de Muertos is death, but as with the holiday itself, the app is a celebration of life through honoring the dead, and it stays true to the holiday: There's no gore, only artistry.

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There's an icon of a bottle of tequila for kids to place on the altar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that with iMuertos, kids learn about and explore the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Kids can create their own altar and personalize traditional items, including bottles of tequila, to put on it. There's background information on the history and symbolism of all things Dia de Muertos, but it's very text-heavy. Kids should be strong readers or play with the help of a grown-up. The app will ask permission to access your device's camera and camera roll to create custom pictures for the altar or save what kids create. Kids also have free access to sharing their photos and creations through the email account associated with your device or through a Facebook account, and there was no privacy policy at the time of review.

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What's it about?

IMUERTOS introduces Dia de Muertos through its most important symbols: Customize a calavera (sugar skull), make papel picado (intricate paper decorations), follow a recipe for pan de muerto (special sweet bread), put a photo in a frame, and use all these things -- and more -- to decorate la ofrenda (the altar). Kids can share their creations through email or Facebook. There's a bit of text to explain the holiday and the meaning behind all the symbols. Mexican-inspired music and some ominous tunes accompany all activities but can be turned off.

Is it any good?

Traditional Dia de Muertos artistry turns digital with simple activities that get kids interacting with and learning the basics of the meaning of the holiday and its symbols. There are plentiful decorating possibilities -- though no free-draw option -- and textual explanations on history and symbolism provide a minimal amount of context. Newbies can get a basic introduction, and Dia de Muertos experts can just have fun designing their own altar and items. Yet, there could be so much more -- more context, more interaction, and more information. A narrative to give context and more activities, such as "making" bread, would add engagement. In terms of navigation, some instructions about the different activities would help orient kids when they open the app. Also, the lack of privacy policy and ungated sharing might concern some parents. Nevertheless, it's a good start for introducing and interacting with the main traditions of this festive Mexican holiday.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the meaning of Dia de Muertos. Why is it important to remember loved ones who have died? Are the skeletons and skulls so present for Dia de Muertos meant to by scary? Funny? Beautiful?

  • Learn about your ancestors and honor their lives and experiences.

  • Participate in Dia de Muertos activities in your town or in your home. Visit real life ofrendas, make pan de muerto, and buy or decorate some sugar skulls.

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