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Zoog: Magical Storytime

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Make, send story recordings to far-away loved ones.

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This easy-to-use video story time platform can be a fun option for supplementing grownups' desire to stay present and meaningful in the lives of young kids who may be far away. The target audience for Zoog: Magical Storytime is clearly grandparents, but could also work for parents who might travel for work, or any other loved one who wants to connect with the special kids in their life. The library of available books isn't all that big, but there are a few cute options. The silly AR filters and music spice of the stories, but it would be nice to have the option to turn those off if wanted. Though Zoog: Magical Storytime is accessible and fun for making story recordings, it isn't the right option for facilitating live real-time interactions. Story receivers (aka, kids) can record a response to the recording if their parents help them sign in to the app. And they can request the sender to record and send a particular story. But, that all happens asynchronously, on each person's own time. And, for those who record, there's not much that would give them satisfaction of seeing or interacting with kids. For that reason, Zoog: Magical Storytime is best as just one tool of many for helping to create and maintain a two way bond between kids and their far away loved ones.

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