Yumi | Story Dice

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cute, open-ended storytelling app can give inspiration.

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Educational Value

Storytelling, imagination, and producing new content that can be shared via email, YouTube, Facebook, or AirDrop. 

Ease of Play

Shake your device and watch the cubes land, tap cubes, organize them along with background scenes, tap record (make sure device is in landscape mode), and tell a story.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Buy special scene packs via in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yumi | Story Dice is a story-making and recording app made by a father-daughter team that includes 3D toys. Kids shake their device to roll the dice, which include fairy tale-related objects, everyday objects, and characters (more story dice packs are available for purchase). Then kids use the images on the dice they rolled and choose a background scene to make a story. Story Dice can create "more than 100 million story combinations," according to the developer. If kids tap on certain objects on the die, the images pop into 3D "toys." Kids can record their voices telling stories as they create the scene. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use YUMI | STORY DICE, place your device into landscape (sideways) orientation. Shake the device and see what combination of objects and characters appear. Touch an image on a die and watch it pop off the die and become 3D. Organize the dice by moving them around, and tap on background scenes to select. Tap the red record icon on the screen to record your story (voice, sound effects, and visuals), save it, and share the story via email or social media. 

Is it any good?

For kids to enjoy using this app for storytelling, they'll need to be OK with elements of their stories being dictated by random chance. The best features on Yumi | Story Dice are the cool, pop-up 3D toys and the ability to record and share stories via social media. Kids who aren't sure how to begin a story might get some inspiration from the dice and will get a sense of how to bring different elements together into one narrative. Kids can also use the app as a team to make up a tandem story. Though relatively simple, the app provides fun jumping-off points for kids and lets them record their ideas, which might inspire them to tell stories in other ways, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a great story. What are your kids favorite stories? What makes them favorites? How can they tell a great story using Yumi | Story Dice?

  • While some kids will love the completely open-ended and random nature of this app, others will want a little more direction and control. Check out Common Sense Media's Storytelling Apps list for more options. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: speaking, storytelling
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, producing new content
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases $1.49 to $2.99)
  • Release date: November 30, 2017
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 225.00 MB
  • Publisher: aacorn
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 8, 2020

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