What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kerpoof Tell a Story: Dino Edition, created by Disney and the makers of the creative website Kerpoof, is a storytelling app. Kids use cute dinosaurs and prehistoric scenes -- pre-chosen visual elements -- and their own written words and voice recordings to tell dino-centric stories.
Recommended for kids age 6 and up, this app is best for young readers. However, some developing readers may be able to create stories, using the kid-friendly audio tutorial. With 13 dinosaur characters, 20 backgrounds, and a bevy of cute dinosaur-era nature props, kids -- especially dinosaur lovers -- can dig into storytelling.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Very engaging for young dinosaur lovers, although possibly frustrating for pre-readers without adult assistance. Kids old enough to read may find the childish look and design a bit young for them.
Kids can use the existing dinosaur tales as springboards to create stories, or they can write new ones. An option for auto-correction helps weaker spellers, and visuals can be adapted to a kid's imagination of a scene.
A good textual and verbal tutorial helps teach kids how to use all features. Pre-readers may be frustrated that they can't hear existing stories, even though they can record their own.
What's it about?
First, kids tap "Create" to add a book and some characters. Then they choose a background from the options bar and tap to add objects. It's easy to resize characters with a pinch. As kids add text in the text boxes and record their voices, they're creating stories. They also can use pre-made stories as springboards, editing and adding elements to make them their own. Stories are saved to the bottom of the main screen. It's a fun experience, especially for young dino fans.
Is it any good?
The pre-written stories in KERPOOF TELL A STORY: DINO EDITION are very sweet and have some positive messages about friendship and self-acceptance. In view mode, kids can tap interactive items. In edit mode, they can edit stories (for example, Iggy the Dinosaur might become Izzy the Dinosaur). Kids can create their own voiceovers, and the app can auto-correct spelling in written text.
The dinosaur characters, as well as the other visuals and the starter stories, seem to be geared toward pre-readers. However, overall, the app is more suited toward kids who can read. There's no pre-recorded audio in the storybook portion, except background sounds and dinosaur growls. Many pre-readers will need adult assistance, although some early readers may feel the app is too young for them. Also, prop choices are limited. But for dinosaur enthusiasts at just the right age and reading level, this app will be a treat, and kids will want to create stories with it time and time again.
Families can talk about...
Guide your pre-reader to the tutorial to hear all of this app's features, and consider recording the pre-loaded stories using your own voice.
Encourage kids to develop the dinosaurs' characters. For example: What are their likes and dislikes? What are their personalities?