Seedling Comic Studio

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Photo effects enhance cool comic-maker.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express their ideas and communicate through images and words in comic-strip form. Possibilities abound for the comics kids create -- either using the existing backgrounds, themes, and stickers or getting totally creative and starting from scratch with their own photos. Kids have quite a bit of room for customization and creativity, altering photos and maneuvering elements within the comic strips; however, it would be great if kids could do some drawing of their own and incorporate it into their comics. Text space is limited, as it always is in comic strips, so kids must think critically to get their message across with images and a few words. Seedling Comic Studio lets kids showcase their ideas with impressive comics.

Ease of Play

Most commands are pretty clearly labeled, but there's no tutorial. Kids may need to use some trial and error to figure it out.

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Additional theme packs are available for in-app purchase. Link to Seedling store filled with toys but protected by a multiplication problem that most kids using the app could easily solve.

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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.

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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.

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