Minnie Fashion Tour

Common Sense Media says

Dress-up app is entertaining but fuels shallow stereotype.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Cuckoo-Loca walks kids through how to play and prompts them to tap the "?" for help when they aren't active for a few minutes. Kids simply drag and drop or tap to play.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No in-app purchases or ads. Minnie, Daisy, and Cuckoo-Loca are from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show and have lots of licensed tie-in products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids aren't able to share from the app. Disney's privacy policy outlines the usage data collected to inform app improvements.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Minnie Fashion Tour is a just-for-fun dress-up game featuring the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Kids will dress up Minnie and Daisy in different outfits, change the colors or patterns of the clothes, and add accessories. Kids also can take pictures of things in their environments to create new fabric patterns for their outfits. For the runway fashion show, kids can change the stage lighting and add music (from the iTunes library on the device). Parents should be aware that when kids add music for the runway show, they will have access to all the songs in the iTunes library on the device.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • pets

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will have fun expressing their creativity and dressing beloved characters. Voice talent for both Minnie and Daisy is the same as on the show.

Learning Approach

Choosing music for the fashion show and adding custom fabrics using photos of objects they choose empowers kids, but they're still limited in outfit and color options. Choosing the right outfit for the occasion may transfer well, helping kids pick out their own clothes.

Support

Cuckoo-Loca gives kids a tutorial of how to play and offers tips if they pause for long during play. Kids can save their outfit creations to the camera roll.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • pets

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Kids can learn to choose the right outfit for the occasion as well as to express their creativity by choosing colors, patterns, and accessories. There's not much explicit instruction in how to choose the right outfit, though. Kids have to watch for the characters' reactions to the different outfits as they scroll through them. Creativity options are somewhat limited in the 12 outfits and accessories included, but there's enough to have some silly fun as well as put together quality outfits. There's not much design going on beyond changing the colors, though. It's more choosing the outfit and accessories and adjusting the colors. Kids will have fun with Minnie Fashion Tour, but potential for learning is limited.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

Minnie and Daisy's bow-making business (from Minnie Bow Maker) has been so successful, they're taking their designs to New York, Milan, and Paris. Kids choose from two modes: Fashion & Style, wherein kids choose outfits for Minnie and Daisy to wear on the runway and then design the lighting and music for the show; or Travel & Style, wherein kids have to dress the assigned character for a different activity in the city she's visiting, such as for a ballgame in New York or a party in Paris. Choosing the right outfit unlocks more accessories.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MINNIE FASHION TOUR is fun, and kids who enjoy playing with fashion will enjoy it. There are 12 outfit options to choose from plus different bows and hats, shoes, and accessories, so kids have lots of options to get creative. They can change the colors and patterns, too, adding to the creative fun. There's no undo button, though, so if kids don't like a color change they've made, there's no way to get back to the colors of the original outfit. Dragging a color into place changes the entire outfit rather than only a piece of it. For example, when Daisy is wearing a denim skirt and orange top to start, choosing a red heart pattern changes the skirt and top both, with no option to change only the top.

Although the app will be fun for Minnie fans, it does seem to reinforce gender stereotypes. It would be nice if there were more to the play than simply dressing Minnie and Daisy in the right outfit (or if there were male characters to chose from, too).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about and play dress-up at home. Let your kids put together their most fabulous outfits and accessories. And, if you're feeling adventurous, let them put together an outfit for you, too.

  • Use fabric scraps to cut out shapes for outfits and accessories to dress up drawings of people or characters.

  • Read our article Boys, Girls, and Media Messages for thoughts on how to combat gender stereotypes (such as those that emphasize the importance of how girls look and dress).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99-$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 30, 2014
Category:Entertainment
Size:217.00 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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