A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to create and tell stories. This excellent tool is ideal for kids with developing writing and reading skills, as they can express and refine their ideas on-screen, telling a story and then hearing it again through the video, without being hindered by trying to have their hands keep up with their minds. There are so many options for characters and props that kids can be really creative. The final product they create is impressive, too, so they can be proud of their work. Sheriff Callie's Tales of the Wild West is an excellent app for fun, creative learning.
Ease of Play
Younger kids may need adult help to maneuver the characters and props while telling their story. A video demo is a must-watch to understand the how-tos.
Products & Purchases
The app ties in to the Disney Junior show. The parent section, which is protected by a number-lock code, includes links to other Disney Junior apps.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the scene options is a saloon with a bar, but no drinks are served.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sheriff Callie's Tales of the Wild West features characters from the Disney Junior show in five incomplete stories, each with a different setting and characters, that kids then narrate and animate the endings for. The video tutorial is a must-watch to familiarize kids and parents with the controls. The youngest Callie fans may need help from an adult to create their endings because, even though the controls are easy to use, managing moving characters and props while talking may prove challenging.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful storytelling tool offers kids a fun, creative learning experience. Preschoolers can practice "writing" by completing the stories, and they'll get to be creative and play with fun props while they do it. The instructional video is excellent, and written instructions are included in the parent section. Verbal cues prompt and remind kids what to do. The number of props and options extend the play, too. The youngest story-makers may start by changing the characters' facial expressions and moving them around a bit while they tell the story. As they grow and get more comfortable, they can add more characters, more than a dozen props, and music to the scenes.
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