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ToonSpaghetti Story Lab

April 15, 2016

By: Kelli Houts

SmartAppsforKids.com

A beautiful retelling of an African tale ...

ToonSpaghetti Story Lab opens up little users are asked to choose between a male and female character and then launches straight into the first story. During the first play through, a little robot friend helps guide your little one through the process of adding in music and sound effects that reflect and reinforce the mood of the story. As we progress to later parts of the story, your child will have to identify the moods when prompted.

Your child will get to choose between three snips of music for each leg of the story, and what they choose can really give the story a different feel. They will also be able to insert up to four different sound effects within each leg of the story, placing them at exactly the right moments to really bring the story to life. As the app progresses, kids are also given the chance to record their own sound effects to place in the story.

The free download (and this review) includes the first planet in the story chain. It's a very generous taste of what the app is all about. I've also played some of  the purchased stories and I can tell you that they are as much fun (or maybe a little more).

What I liked:

  • This app has a very user friendly interface, with a simple drag and drop motion to insert both music and sound effects. The characters are fun, and should have a universal appeal.
  • I thought that this was an innovative app that helps kids learn about identifying and setting the mood and tone of a story by changing the music and sound effects.
  • The end of each story left you wanting to find out what happens next.

What I might change or add:

  • I found that if you had to back out in the middle of a story, your progress was not saved and you had to start over again. This seemed to be true when you would revisit planets. I wish there was a way to save your progress to come back to and also to save versions that you really like to revisit later.
  • There did not appear to be a way to record your own narration. I feel like they really missed out on an opportunity to give kids an extra chance to put their own touch on the stories and allow them to set the mood and tone even more through pace of reading and voice inflection. Also, for us the narrator’s voice stayed female whether we chose the boy or the girl character.(Note: The forth planet does actually open up a whole new option for recording the user's own voice, so this concern is addressed in one of the purchased stories but not in the free version that we were reviewing.)
  • In a future update (or perhaps even future new app), I think it would really be a great feature to let kids have a choice at each junction about which direction they want their story to take. This would create entirely new stories each time rather than the same stories with slightly different effects.

Overall I think that ToonSpaghetti Story Lab is on the way to being a very fun, effective app to help teach children the art of storytelling along with working on their language skills. There are a few things that could be added to strengthen the app and a few edges to be polished, but in its current form I’m giving it a 4.5 star ranking.

Bottom Line: Story Lab is designed to help kids practice their language skills and increase their literacy by helping to create stories. The first story in the pack is free to download and is a very generous taste of what the app has in store.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

Emily B

This guest review was originally published by SmartAppsforKids.com on March 27, 2016

Spring Break started for Kelli's kids two days ago. Kelli is already tired. Smart Apps for Kids was paid a fee to review this app in a priority manner.

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ToonSpaghetti Story Lab

April 15, 2016

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
TechSpaghetti Team

Developer:
TechSpaghetti UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)

Length (time):
20 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 10 +

Languages:
English • French • Spanish •German •Italian •Japanese •

Length (pages):
12 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - ToonSpaghetti Story Lab

From iTunes:

Story Lab is a story making studio for kids 5+, developed by a teacher in line with the Common Core Curriculum. Kids learn language and literacy through multi-media story creation. It’s fun, creative and educational!

"This app is great for broadening not just kids’ vocabularies, but also their minds." - 5 stars (Fun2Tap)

"An innovative storytelling adventure." - Top Pick (Smart Apps For Kids)

- Solve fun word games and challenges to build descriptive vocabulary.
- Identify moods and add emotional music to bring stories to life.
- Create sound effects and record own voice.

The Story Lab galaxy is filled with fun story planets, each with its own adventure. Visit the spaceship coolification station, make your own sound effects and add crazy modifications to make them even cooler!

Common Core learning features
- Build descriptive adjectives and adverbs
- Learn more advanced verbs
- Interpret moods and emotions
- Read along with story narration 
- Understand story structure
- Create engaging audio recordings of stories

Music and Arts learning features
- Break creative processes into logical steps
- Learn basic editing studio functionality
- Understand how to use music purposefully to enhance moods
- Create soundscapes
- Learn how media is combined to engage an audience

Play features
- Exciting story planets and adventures
- Massive library of awesome music
- Voice and sound effect recording
- Coolify sound effects with audio modifications
- Get a finished animated story to show to friends and family

Appropriate for kids aged 4+
- Parental gate
- No third party advertising or social media links
- Fun and intuitive play

Privacy
We take privacy and kids’ digital safety very seriously. To find out more about our approach, please visit http://techspaghetti.com/privacy

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Intro, Demo, Play (Choose a Character/Story), Links to: Email Request

App Release Date:
2016-02-25

 






Size: 186.17 MB

Version: 1.2

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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