Pickle's Paper Dolls

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, colorful representation of beauty in six cultures.

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Educational Value

Young kids can learn, in a very basic way, that girls just like them in other cultures around the world love to dress up and look beautiful, too. Pickle's Paper Dolls encourages kids to grow in cultural understanding, global awareness, and geography, and to embrace differences in appearance. Two simple vocabulary phrases from the countries help kids learn how people say "Hello" and "My name is" in other languages. It would be helpful for the phrases to be spoken, and more dolls from other countries would be great. Still, Pickle's Paper Dolls presents subtle cultural lessons in a fashionable, no-lecture way for young kids to enjoy.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Even very young app users will be able to dress up dolls and save their creations.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The paper dolls start out in a bra or undershirt and underwear, but they're not at all depicted in a provocative or sexual nature.

Language
Consumerism

Tap a little icon on the main screen, and it moves you to a "Fun apps we've made for you" page, promoting the developer's other similar apps. But you can lock the "other apps" button in the settings so it won't show up at all.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pickle's Paper Dolls is an adorable app that allows kids to dress up girls from six different cultures. It also provides a tiny language lesson in that the dolls provide words in their languages for certain items of clothing, plus another mini-lesson in geography, as a map graphic of each doll's country is shown next to the doll. There are about 200 items of clothing and other accessories and facial and hair choices for each doll. But most are pretty much strictly in modern American style -- there's not a lot of true-to-life cultural representation here in clothing, while there are some in the 24 background choices.

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What's it about?

Kids tap on one of the six paper dolls to dress up, and then they choose a shirt for her by swiping through choices in the "closet" above the doll. Next kids choose pants or a skirt/dress, shoes, accessories, hair styles, eye type, and background for the doll. Kids can save the doll with a click of an in-app camera and then add a caption, print it, or email it. Each doll is depicted with the words in their language for "Hello. My name is ..." and then their name. There's no option to hear the words spoken.

Is it any good?

Pickle is a little girl who loves paper dolls. PICKLE'S PAPER DOLLS is an app that will likely make a paper doll lover out of your kid, too. Pickle has five paper dolls from the U.S., China, Ethiopia, England, and France. It's great to see beauty from a variety of cultures celebrated in a way that little kids can related to, through dress up. It would be nice to see even more represented, as well as more cultural clothing choices that really look like the homes and each of the girl's countries. That said, Pickle's Paper Dolls is a precious, sweet app that shows little kids that beauty emanates from girls in cultures throughout the world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Find out how to pronounce the phrases for each doll and teach them to your kid. Online translation dictionaries often offer audio pronunciations.

  • Look online for images of how other people in the dolls' countries dress, both traditionally and currently, and share them with your kid.

App details

For kids who love dress-up games

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