A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
Get the PINKFONG BIRTHDAY PARTY started by taking a selfie. Kids line up their eyes with the markers on the screen and snap a photo, choose their hair shape and skin color, and save it. Five different selfies can be saved at a time. From there, they get dressed for the party, choosing a hairstyle, an outfit, and accessories. Party prep continues with decorating a cake and blowing up balloons. Then it's party time, starting with a dance party where kids DJ the music and dance moves, moving to the piñata, and ending with blowing out the candles and eating cake. Scenes contain locked items that require an in-app purchase to access; written instructions tell the grown-up to press and hold a button for a few seconds.
Is it any good?
While the youngest app users will delight in seeing their faces in the action, this selfie generator lacks attention to detail and depth. First, aligning a face properly in PINKFONG Birthday Party is nearly impossible, so either parts of the kids' faces will be cut out or some of the background will enter the picture. Parents will need to help to capture even an imperfect image. Very limited options are included with the free download; parents will have to pay for an in-app purchase to unlock the rest. It's all simple fun but a little more attention to detail, such as kids' creations appearing in other scenes in the game, would increase the fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the in-app purchases in PINKFONG Birthday Party. Will kids be allowed access to everything or only what's free?
Talk about kids' favorite birthday party memories. What did they most enjoy? What would they like to do at their next party?
Brighten up a bad-weather or stuck-inside day by throwing a birthday party for a favorite stuffed animal or toy. Let kids plan and execute the party.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase required to unlock some features)
- Release date: July 14, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 41.90 MB
- Publisher: SmartStudy
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
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