A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about assessing and matching the mood of a story's plot points to classical music tracks. The multiple-choice word options for describing the story mood may also introduce some new vocabulary words. Kids can practice reading skills if they record themselves reading, and they'll get creative in thinking of ways to produce and record relevant sound effects. As they combine multimedia to create an engaging logical whole product, they'll dip their toes into digital creation. Unfortunately, there's little explanation or depth, so kids will only get a superficial experience. ToonSpaghetti Story Lab is a mini introduction to exploring the power of sound to enhance a story.
Ease of Play
Easy to use, though there's little guidance to introduce kids to what they're doing.
Products & Purchases
The free download comes with one story, which gives kids only a taste of the app; three more stories are available through in-app purchases behind a simple parent gate.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Working with music and sound effects throughout a story is great fun, but there's not much here for kids to explore deeply. The free story -- or the short series if you buy the extras -- is full of adventure and intrigue that should spark most kids' interest, especially if they're into aliens and spaceships. Picking which of three musical tracks matches the story line best encourages kids to think about mood, and making sound-effect feature is a nice touch for getting kids fully engaged. Yet, the app is missing an overall framework: There's little explanation for what kids are doing or what the big picture is. When kids choose a word to describe the mood of each story section, there's no explanation for what they're doing or what the word choices mean. For instance, what does it mean that the beginning of the first story is "purposeful"? If kids had more control and there was a clearer objective, the experience would be richer and more fulfilling.
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