Sago Mini Doodlecast

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun, versatile drawing tool lets kids tell their stories.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves through art and speaking. They can learn to speak more clearly and share their ideas with others. They can become more comfortable talking to the recorder about ideas they may not be ready to share with another person face-to-face. Kids also can use Sago Mini Doodlecast as a presentation tool for any subject area or topic -- for example, if they want to talk about frogs and draw them at the same time. It's a versatile tool that promotes open-ended play and imagination. Plus, drawing is always fun.

Ease of Play

Every aspect is simple to use, designed specifically for preschoolers.

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Links in the information section advertise other apps by the developer. The Sago Mini characters are a part of a commercial franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sago Mini Doodlecast is a remarkably easy, user-friendly tool for kids to express themselves verbally and artistically, as they create and narrate a drawing "movie." They can start by drawing anything they please or use one of the simple prompts, many of which provide opportunities for reflection or ways to discuss feelings in a non-threatening manner. Parents can configure the settings so the movies can be uploaded directly to YouTube, but kid users will never access it from within the app so there's no danger of stumbling upon objectionable content. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Choosing a story-starting question, a partial drawing, or a blank screen, kids create a drawing while their voice is recorded. They can sing, narrate the story, or just chat. Kids can pause the recording, if necessary, as well as change colors and brushes or erase and start over. Recordings can be three minutes max. When finished, kids can save their work to the camera roll or upload it to YouTube (if parents have configured the account.)

Is it any good?

The drawing tools are simple -- white background, nine color choices, and three brushstrokes -- but adequate for kids to draw for three minutes. The sound quality of the recording is good, even for soft-talking kids, but it does pick up background noise as well. The prompts range from thoughtful (What makes you sad?) to familiar (Who is in your family?) to funny (What is something stinky?) and will get kids thinking, drawing, and talking. The blank screen allows for endless options for expression. To share the movies, parents will have to enable YouTube access, as the three-minute movies are too big to email from the camera roll.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about storytelling. Encourage older kids to take their movies one step further and write out a story to go along with their narration and pictures.

  • Talk to your kids about expressing their feelings through art; ask them to draw what a certain feeling looks like. 

App details

For kids who love telling stories

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