Tickety Toc: Card Maker Time!

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Cute app lets kids email postcards to friends and family.

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It's really easy for kids to create cards to email to friends or family. They simply tap items to make them appear on the card, and each can be positioned and resized.

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The app ties in to the Nickelodeon TV show Tickety Toc. A link on the start page connects to other apps but is protected by a kid-lock gate that requires entering an adult's birth year.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tickety Toc: Card Maker Time! is a kid-friendly card creator featuring characters from the Nickelodeon show Tickety Toc. Kids can create virtual postcards with colored drawings, decorations, and greetings and share the cards via email with a parent's help. Recipients receive an email with the return address of the email account associated with the device and an embedded PNG image of the card along with a banner ad for the app. Kids also can save their cards to the device's camera roll, but the cards are not saved in-app, so kids will have to complete them before closing the app.

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What's it about?

Kids start by choosing a pack, each featuring characters from the show. Then they color it or use an already-colored character for their card. When coloring, kids choose from chalk, crayons, or paints and select their color choices to magically color their character (no going out of the lines). They can add a background, border, stickers, stamps, and custom or prewritten messages and top it all off with glitter before addressing and stamping the card and mailing it, either by saving it to the camera roll or emailing it with a parent's help.

Is it any good?

TICKETY TOC: CARD MAKER TIME! is easy to use. Kids have a lot of options to add to the limited space on each card, so the finished product can get a bit busy. The app stresses process over product, but any aunt or grandparent who receives an emailed card will be delighted with it. The addressing and mailing process isn't representative of what's required by the postal service, so parents may want to walk kids through actually mailing a letter or card and the details needed on an envelope. It'd be nice to have more custom options, such as drawing your own pictures to include on the card. Still, kids will have lots of mess-free fun creating and emailing cards.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different occasions for sending cards and encourage kids to make a card for a loved one.

  • Take the time to make a real card on paper, and show kids how to properly address and stamp the envelope. Then mail it together.

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