A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Seedling Comic Studio is a creation tool that lets kids take and edit pictures and then add words, stickers, and backgrounds to create a comic strip. Some backgrounds and stickers are available for free, and others can be purchased in-app. Kids can share their creations via email, SMS, or other social media connected on the device. Besides the app, Seedling sells creative play kits, and kids can connect to the toy store through the app by solving a multiplication problem. The app supports English and Spanish.
What's it about?
Kids can create their own comic strips, using layouts from one panel to six in SEEDLING COMIC STUDIO. First, they choose a layout from the template selections and then tap the panel to take a photo, add a background, and embellish with speech bubbles, thought bubbles, or stickers. With the photo-editing options, kids can flip pictures, change filters, or cut out a person's image to drop it into a new background. Designs are saved automatically by date created to the device and can be edited, deleted, or shared.
Is it any good?
This creative tool makes it easy for kids to make impressive comic strips featuring their own photos and ideas. Tools run along the top and bottom of the screen, putting all options at kids' fingertips. There are no instructions or tutorials, so kids will need to play around with it to figure out all the creative options. Most impressive are the photo-editing options: Kids can use a filter to change photos to sketches, give someone a comic-like bulge, or turn photos into pixels. One improvement, other than a how-to guide, would be to let kids draw and insert their creations into the comics.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about their favorite comic strips and graphic novels. Show kids some of your favorites (even better if you can find them in a newspaper!) and have them show you what they enjoy.
Talk about the power of mixing words and text: The same words can have a different meaning depending on what's happening in the picture, and words can change how you interpret the image.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (Additional theme packs can be purchased in-app for $.99)
- Release date: October 1, 2015
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Superheroes, Space and Aliens
- Size: 134.60 MB
- Publisher: Seedling USA, Inc
- Version: 1.4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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