A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to build their creative-writing skills through unique story starters and other suggestions with Prompts. Although the app offers help, it still gives kids control over which prompts to respond to and suggestions to take, keeping the creativity in their own hands. By tracking when kids write and how much they write, the app also encourages them to write more often and determine when they're most creative or most productive. Prompts is a good tool to help get kids and teens writing, but reluctant writers may need additional encouragement.
Ease of Play
Instructions direct users on how to start a new entry as soon as they open the app. Figuring out what the various icons means takes some trial and error, but the app is simple enough that it only takes a minute or two to figure it all out.
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On the settings screen, users are encouraged to rate the app and share it with a friend, and a link for the app is included when kids share pieces of writing through social media or email.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prompts is a simple app designed to give kids and adults something to write about. Kids who don't like to write may not be motivated by the simple prompts. Those who do, however, will find multiple ways to build their creative-writing skills and get over writer's block.
Is It Any Good?
For those who like to write, PROMPTS can be a lot of fun. The sentence starters are creative, and the questions and other motivators offered when writers get stuck can lead to some unique twists and turns in a story. Those who don't like writing, however, may find themselves bored by the prompts and frustrated by having to type on a tiny keyboard.
Some prompts may confuse writers rather than provide inspiration. For example, student writers may not know what it means to "draw out a transition" or may have trouble with a prompt such as "focus on the next word" when they don't know what their next word will be. Using terms for all levels of writers may make it more engaging.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.