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ToonSpaghetti Story Lab

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Enriching stories with sound great idea, needs fine tuning.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Education
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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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