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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Paper dolls go high-tech for fashion design fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn more about art and basic graphic design, including color theory, the use of fonts, and how to create patterns using shapes, lines, repetition, and more.

Ease of Play

Tutorial helps kids get started. They may need additional assistance from an adult when scanning and printing images (a simple parent gate encourages kids to ask parents for permission to print).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pippapips is a creative experience that allows kids to design their own clothes and scan them using a mobile device for use in dressing a virtual girl. Kids can design on special coloring pages that scan into the app or use the digital tools in-game. Kids who can't read yet may need extra help getting started, but most kids will have no trouble once they have used the tools once or twice. Unlike a lot of fashion design games, very few families will have any issue with the clothing styles, even with young girls. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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What's it about?

PIPPAPIPS is a fashion design app with a high-tech twist. Pippa Pips is a girl who lives in White Mushroom Village. She designs clothes for her fellow villagers but needs help getting all of the work done. Kids can opt to decorate clothes within the app using a set of digital tools such as a paint bucket, paint brush, and marker. They also have the full color wheel to choose from. The real magic happens when kids design offline, however. They'll need to print out any one of the 20 design pages that cover a range of clothing options such as dresses, shirts, pants, boots, shoes, purses, and hats. Kids then color in the clothes using their favorite art supplies, rubber stamps, stickers, and so forth. They can even cut out pieces of fabric and attach those to the design. When the design is complete, kids load the app and scan the image in. Regardless of which design method used, the clothes appear in the virtual wardrobe just as kids decorated them. Since the clothes are rendered in 3D, kids are able to turn Pippa around to see her full outfit. If they find the perfect outfit, they may also want to take a snapshot to save on their device. There are also two augmented reality cards that can be printed to bring Pippa or one of her wardrobe pieces into your living room (virtually, of course).

Is it any good?

Creating clothes with Pippa is a delightful and magical activity that any young aspiring fashion designer can love.  Pippapips promotes creativity, it teaches and inspires, and it uses technology to make the whole experience shine. There are minimal rough edges: A bit more hand-holding for kids early on could help, and it would be useful if Pippa kept her outfit on when you exited her wardrobe for a few moments. The biggest drawback is the lack of representation. It would be nice for kids to be able to change skin tone and other characteristics or choose from other characters. Overall, Pippapips is a high-quality free app that treats kids as intelligent and creative beings. It will evoke "Wow!" moments for even really young kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about colors and patterns and how they're used in Pippapips. What are your favorite colors? Do you have patterns you like on your clothes? What patterns do you see around your house?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
    Hobbies: fashion
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 147.00 MB
  • Publisher: Pippapips Limited
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: October 8, 2020

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