A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, speaking, storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
Creativity: imagination, producing new content
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, speaking
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: $4.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: August 19, 2014
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 93.30 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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