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Kids can learn about the art of storytelling and theater as they create their own puppet shows. It walks kids through the basics of the story arc (setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution), letting them choose their scenery and characters or draw their own from scratch and then record their own dialogue and choose appropriate music. With so many options for creativity, it allows kids to be creators instead of just consumers.
Ease of Play
Though everything is user-friendly, it might take kids a bit of experimentation to learn all the ways to manipulate characters, props, and scenes.
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Is It Any Good?
Kids are in the director's seat and have free reign to let their creative side shine with this flexible and easy-to-use storytelling platform. There are quite a few ways to customize sets, characters, and story arcs, as well as a number of ways to animate movement. Though it may take some experimentation to get the hang of all the features in Toontastic 3D, it's super easy to tap and drag to move characters around the screen and animate a story. Not everyone will like the look of the updated characters and scenes, but kids can always create their own. The simple guidance on the fundamentals of storytelling offers great scaffolding to help kids turn ideas into legitimate stories. The addition of the "science report" story option is a great idea to get kids familiar with the scientific process. But, since this concept is a bit more complicated than simply using your imagination to create a story, it could use some extra support. Just as in the original, Toontasic 3D has the wonderful feature where kids can influence the mood of their stories by adding music with differing degrees of intensity. When everything is put together, kids get a story that they made, that looks and sounds great, and that is truly something they can be proud of!
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