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Little Bird Tales: Storytelling Made Easy

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids may need help to take off with fun book-creation tool.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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Kids' creativity takes center stage -- that is, if they're able to maneuver through the less-than-intuitive navigation and controls for this open-ended creation tool. Little Bird Tales as a website was clearly made for teachers, but that doesn't mean that families can't use it at home. The book-creation tool itself is just as relevant for home use as it is for classroom use, even if parents will need to help kids learn how to use it. That said, the Little Bird Tales: Storytelling Made Easy app feels like an afterthought addition to the website and as a whole. It's just not user-friendly. For instance, it's really unclear what the difference is between signing in and not signing in, and there doesn't seem to be any home page or much general organization around how the app is structured. Luckily, once in the book creation mode, things do get a bit clearer. As long as kids learn what's available and how to use the different tools, they should be able to create their books without too much trouble. And from there, the sky's the limits as kids can draw, write, take photos, and record their voice to tell a story.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : presenting to others, spelling, storytelling, writing
  • Skills: Creativity : imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Communication : conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills : digital creation
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (premium features available for $9.99)
  • Release date: April 3, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Mike Klem
  • Version: 2.0.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: May 31, 2019

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