Superhero Comic Book Maker - by Duck Duck Moose
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Superhero Comic Book Maker – by Duck Duck Moose is another great app from the makers of Princess Fairy Tale Maker that lets kids create their own stories. The two apps are virtually identical, except instead of creating stories about princesses and fairy tales, with Superhero, kids can create comic book-themed stories. Kids choose different scenes and when ready, record their story, moving the characters as they talk. The app records the movement and narration, and -- voila -- kids have their very own comic book. Superhero Comic Book Maker is suited to all monster and superhero lovers.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- making new creations
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful characters and the ability for kids to make their own background and record their own stories make this app highly engaging.
Kids learn through creative play as well as self-reflection when they listen to their stories in playback mode and view their artwork.
Kids can watch an intro video that gives them an example of a monsters vs. superhero story. A few verbal instructions and clear icons offer kids some direction.
What's it about?
In SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK MAKER - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE, kids choose from many different background scenes, characters, colors, and even sound effects to create stories. Kids can also color ready-made templates to use as story backgrounds. They can change the orientation and size of the stickers and even write and draw directly onto the scene. When they finish designing and setting up the scene, kids can record sticker movements and audio by tapping the record button. As they move the stickers around to illustrate plot points, the app records the story for playback or sharing later.
Is it any good?
Like with other apps by Duck Duck Moose, Superhero Comic Book Maker is an attractive and engaging app for kids. While there's not much in the way of instruction, feedback, or prompts about storytelling, it's very kid-friendly and intuitive to use. It leaves the creating to the kids -- and there's plenty to be had with the variety of objects, scenes, racially diverse characters, and more to choose from.
Some kids may need more guidance than others in terms of coming up with a story, but there's lots to inspire kids, including stickers with "Pow!" or "Wham!" that can be inserted old-school Batman style. However, apart from those few stickers, there aren't many features that highlight the comic book style, which may not suit those looking for a true comic book maker. Still, Monsters vs Superheroes will satisfy kids looking to explore storytelling and create original tales about monsters and superheroes.
Families can talk about...
Play along with your kids and be a character in the story.
Guide your kids as they create the story by asking and prompting about plot elements.
Read and share your kids' finished product and encourage next steps for their next story.