A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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