If he has sparkles, hearts, fairies, crowns and cupcakes, my preschool princess is everywhere.
Me: not that much. That’s why I was really surprised to fall in love with the Princess Fairy Tale Maker app from app developer Duck Duck Moose almost as quickly as she did. While I’m not anti-princess at all, the level of girly spelled out in the app’s title made me think I’d have a cavity just by downloading it. And frankly, I don’t like to perpetuate the myth that a girl’s dreams should be limited to princesses or at best, ballerina princesses.
Then we started playing around with the Princess Fairy Tale Maker app for iOS, and all that unwavering determination melted away. The app isn’t entirely educational, but it’s multi-layered. And, it’s not as many princesses as I thought. Sure, they’re in there, but the storytelling option lets you do whatever you want with them – fly them to the moon, turn them into swashbuckling superheroes, and more. But with a little crown on my head every time.
In other words, while the premise is feminine, what you do with it can be as whimsical or adventurous as you want it to be.
The core business is where the app pays for itself in rich content. Kids can create their own fairytale, choosing from 32 animated background scenes, including the usual storybook settings – castles, forests, deep sea, clouds or even a photo from your camera – plus 192 animated “stickers” that look like a cross between paper dolls and Shrinky Dinks featuring favorite girls like ballerinas, mermaids and smiling cookies.
Easily add flourishes using 29 virtual pencils, 29 colored pencils, and 81 patterns that act as animated overlays, making images of stars, butterflies, stripes, zigzags, stars and more shine , which can really keep a kid busy.
But the best comes next: your child takes on the role of the storyteller with a “record your voice” option. A short countdown gives you three times to prepare and that’s it. To make a mistake? Simply re-register. You do not want to talk ? Instead, use background music or noises.
Plus, if your kid moves the stickers while recording (tapping their mouths makes them open and close!), They’ll move around the final room like a short film.
And, when storytelling time is up, the app features up to 32 coloring pages inspired by classic fairy tales, plus a few that celebrate the idea that girls can do whatever they want to do. . I guess if my daughter wants to land on the moon with her tiara on, I can live with that for a little while. –Pillar
Download Princess Fairy Tale Maker by Duck Duck Moose for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad on iTunes for only $ 1.99. The prize is like happiness forever.
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