A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Even though this is an entertainment, and not an educational, app, kids can learn storytelling skills as they practice writing as well as speaking with the voice-recording option. Kids also can practice using multiple forms of expression, and they can assess their skills in playback mode. Kerpoof Tell a Story: Dino Edition is a fun way for young dinosaur enthusiasts to dig into storytelling.
Ease of Play
The pre-loaded stories are very easy to read and edit, and it's easy to create your own (so long as kids can read, or someone is reading the starter stories to them). The spelling auto-correct can be turned on in the settings. There's a good tutorial with verbal instruction to help non-reading kids get started creating their own stories. Make sure kids are in the correct mode (View or Edit) for different features.
Products & Purchases
The Disney and Kerpoof logos are prominently displayed at the beginning of play.
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.
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.
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