Sheriff Callie's Tales of the Wild West

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Excellent story-creation app encourages creativity.

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Educational Value

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.

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Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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What's it about?

In SHERIFF CALLIE’S TALES OF THE WILD WEST, kids choose from five incomplete stories: "Peck’s Jailhouse Blues," "Sheriff Callie and the Prairie Pepper Bandit," "Toby’s Hoedown Showdown," "Priscilla's Disappearing Parasol," and "Dirty Dan and Dusty's Sticky Situation." They'll read a few pages of the story, enough to set up the problem or conflict. Kids then add props, move characters, and add their own narration to end the story. They can then watch a video replaying the whole story with their ending.

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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  • Families can talk about incorporating the idea behind the app into other shared stories off-device. Parents can start a story and ask kids to finish it, developing critical-thinking and verbal skills that will help with reading and writing later on.

  • Play alongside little ones, letting them control the scene while you narrate, and then switch, with you controlling the screen and them talking.

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