The Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker for Kids

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Kids can create and narrate their own photo stories.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn what components are put together to make a book; they'll get to choose if they want their own book to contain photos, text, illustrations, or all of the above. Some kids can use the app to help them process new events or transitions; they'll benefit by first writing and then hearing their own stories. Kids who struggle with handwriting they can use the keyboard option to write their stories, while others can use the voice option. Either way, kids will express themselves through words and pictures, and Story Creator makes the experience simple and smooth. 

Ease of Play

Extremely user-friendly, with clear icons that guide kids in the right direction. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker for Kids is a great way to encourage kids to write and hear themselves speak at the same time. It provides an opportunity for kids to be imaginative and creative while learning the foundations of writing and storytelling. Parents can use this app not only for telling stories about events, but for writing social stories for daily living skills.

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What's it about?

Users can choose from a series of icons to get started; they allow you to add photos, add a fresh page, add text or audio, and delete. If kids use the text box to add sentences the app automatically indicates a misspelled word either by offering a "predicted" word or underlining in red. Kids can also write by hand or draw pictures using four crayon colors. For each page, you can choose photos from your own device's library, or other storage sites like Flickr or Picasa. When you're finished with a story, you can save it. To retrieve other stries, tap the house icon at the top left of the screen and choose the one you want to read. If your child has added vocal narration, each word in the text will be highlighted.

Is it any good?

This free app has a really simple interface, making it easy to use for both parents and kids (or the both working together to create stories). It does allow kids with learning difficulties to choose between hand writing stories or typing words, and the auto-correct feature is handy. The ability to add photos helps kids who need visual aids and the audio component is great for kids who may have difficulty with expressive language or fluency. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids who may need to write a social story about a new event or transition.

  • Use a stylus or external keyboard for kids who struggle with handwriting.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, reading, storytelling, writing
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
    Emotional Development: labeling feelings, self-awareness
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 15, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 65.40 MB
  • Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
  • Version: 4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS.6 or later

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