Strawberry Shortcake Berry Beauty Salon

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Lots of options for primping fun in creative dress-up app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves creatively and develop confidence and life skills through role-playing. Kids get to choose which characters to make over and the colors and styles to use on them. They'll experiment with how changing hairstyles, outfits, and more alter a favorite character's appearance. Strawberry Shortcake Berry Beauty Salon isn't designed specifically for learning, but it gives kids an opportunity to express themselves creatively in a fun environment.

Ease of Play

Some of the salon activities require fine motor precision that may be hard for young preschoolers.

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Consumerism

The app features the heavily marketed Strawberry Shortcake line of toys and movies and is a tie-in with the Strawberry Shortcake: Fun in the Sun movie. A logo link to other Strawberry Shortcake apps is featured on the start page, and other apps from the developer also are linked; both require entering an adult's birth year for access.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strawberry Shortcake Berry Beauty Salon puts Strawberry Shortcake and her friends in the salon chairs and kids in the shoes of the salon service providers, choosing outfits, giving manicures, and fixing hair. It's all sweet fun with quite a few options for creativity. Kids can take pictures of the makeovers and view them in each characters' Fashion Diary. The app is designed with preschool attention spans in mind, including fun bubbles to pop while waiting for different activities to load. Kids do need good fine motor control to maneuver the characters and tools, though.

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What's it about?

Starting in the waiting area, kids drag the character of their choice to the chair to start the makeover. They then choose from four options: clothes, nails, hair, or facial. Kids can change colors and styles of hair and add accessories. They can give the friends a facial and then apply makeup or choose outfit options, trying on the other characters' clothes. Finally, they can give the friends a manicure, buffing nails and applying different color polishes and stickers. Pictures are saved to the Fashion Diary.

Is it any good?

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRY BEAUTY SALON gives kids lots of options for creativity and role-play fun, including several characters, several makeover activities, and plenty of color and accessory options within each. Strawberry Shortcake fans and kids who enjoy dress-up play will adore this sweet app, which will entertain them for quite a while. Maneuvering the tools and the characters may require some trial and error or multiple attempts for little hands as they figure out how to line up the nail polish brush or to hold the character as they drag her into place. There's no rush or stress, though, in the relaxing and fun salon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite looks for each character. Do their outfits or color schemes match their names or personalities?

  • Have a fun salon day at home: Paint each other's nails, style each other's hair, and choose outfits for each other. Take turns so kids can be the customer and the service provider -- with you as the customer!

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