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Kids can learn the basics of storytelling using StoryJumper's seven-step formula. They'll use their imaginations combined with decision-making skills to help them achieve the goal of a complete story. They'll learn to match images with words to visually tell a tale and can even use their own drawing skills to create detailed characters and backgrounds. StoryJumper brings together reading, writing, and imagination, giving kids an outlet to express themselves through storytelling.
Promotes self-esteem for kids as they write their own books, share them with the public.
Products & Purchases
Though no ads on the site, app does gently push the option to purchase a printed copy of the book your child creates for $24.95.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StoryJumper is a charming and easy-to-use tool that gives kids a template to create their own short children's books. Very young kids might need some help with the text, but they'll do fine with the illustrations, created by dragging and dropping a series of images onto the page. StoryJumper would make a fun after-school activity, as it's almost game-like, and kids can get into creating virtual environments featuring the characters they've brought to life. Parents should also be aware that though there aren't any ads on the site, it does push for printed versions of created stories made at a specific price.
Is It Any Good?
This creative-writing site works for a wide age range; little kids will love playing around with the graphics, and older kids can construct a more advanced story using the advice provided in the StoryStarter section of the site. Putting together the illustrations is almost more fun than the actual writing; the graphic options are incredibly detailed and very fun to explore. StoryJumper also includes some nice little touches; for example, when you turn pages, it makes a papery "whoosh" sound to approximate a real book. Kids will also have the option to share their books with friends and family, while also searching through a publicly available library of books from other users. But the instructional information on StoryJumper isn't quite simple enough for younger kids. Parents will have to provide hands-on support to help them some through the creation process, especially if they choose to make a physical copy of their story. But for budding writers looking for a way to bring their ideas to life, StoryJumper is an excellent writing tool.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.