Why we love this app
Stella and Sam's Draw Along combines several elements in a way that helps introduce kids to being active creators in the story telling process. First, it links in with Stella and Sam story books (that can be purchased separately). Secondly, it features a simple but fun coloring and drawing interface where kids can express themselves, and thirdly, it takes the child's work and animates it into a movie that can be saved to the camera roll for viewing and sharing.
What it teaches and how it works
For children just starting out with the story telling process, Draw Along introduces the concept that they can contribute their design and images to the world of stories. Essentially, the child chooses a shape, decorates it, and it comes to life in a simple animation. By using the older/younger sibling relationship of Stella and Sam as the setting, it also helps give a safe context for children to explore this idea. Additionally, all Stella and Sam apps are have French and English modes.
Why your kid won't be able to put it down
The super easy interface, and especially the pulsing 'draw along' button on the homepage immediately shows kids how to proceed. From there, the range of shapes available, the ability to add their own images, and the instant playback of their work invites them to return often to create and add themselves into the story.
|appoLearning Report Card||
|Features specific educational objectives|
|Fosters critical thinking|
|Adapts to kids' skill level|
|Intellectually stimulating for children|
|Instructions are clear and simple|
|Well-suited to age group|
|Assesses progress and proficiency|
|Parents and teachers can assess progress|
|Features and Design|
|Unique in its concept, design and approach|
|Engaging design and repeatable content|
|Excellent value for price|
|Doesn't require additional in-app spending|
|Safety and Privacy|
|Doesn't expose kids to external services or advertisers|
|Doesn't ask for personal data|
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