- See the app in iTunes
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- Price: Free (comes with one story), $4.99 to unlock all stories
Are there any aspiring storytellers in the house? Then do I have the app for you! ToonSpaghetti Story Lab is the ideal way to give your storytelling-loving children the tools they need to tell a truly amazing story! This app takes children, step by step, through the storytelling process and allows them to express their creativity by adding music, sound effects, and even their own voice recordings to exciting stories to make them their own! There are even opportunities for children to learn valuable reading skills such as the tone of a story, as well as terms like beginning, climax and resolution. Come along for an amazing reading adventure!
First of all, in order to use this app, you will need to give the app access to the microphone on your device. Once that has been enabled, you can select which cute alien character will be the star of your story! Next, your character will be placed in an animated and narrated story. The narrator will read the beginning of the story aloud to your child one time. At a certain stopping point, the story will pause and your child will be prompted to add background music that matches the tone of that part of the story. They are given three sound clips to listen to, and then they can tap and drag the one they think fits best over to the music section. The story will play again, this time with the music they added playing in the background. Next, your child will be prompted to add sound effects. Again, they are given choices of different sound effects to preview and then they can tap and drag the ones they like into the effects section. This pattern repeats for the middle section of the story and the ending section of the story. After the last sound effects are selected, the story will play in its entirety so you and your child can hear the finished product!
I love so many things about this app that there are almost too many to name, so I will highlight just a few. First of all, the stories are wonderful for preschoolers and younger elementary-aged kids. They are exciting, they use appropriate language and words children understand, and they are short enough to tell a story but not too long to lose their attention. Second, my children absolutely LOVED recording their voices and their own sound effects to put into the story. They got so creative saying silly things and finding things around the house to make sound effects. It was wonderful to see them cooperate and work together to make the story fabulous! Lastly, although it is primarily a storytelling app, there are several secondary features that educate the children who play. Several times, they have to determine what the tone or mood of the story is and find music that fits that feeling. This is a wonderful way to help children learn reading comprehension because they have to have a deeper understanding of what the story is and decipher things that may not be stated clearly in the text. They also learn the parts of a story and story progression and they can take that knowledge and apply it when writing their own stories. There is also an element of sound mixing involved as children place sound effects at certain parts of the story to match up with what is being said.
ToonSpaghetti Story Lab is definitely one of my favorite apps I have reviewed. It gives children so many opportunities to express their creativity and allows them to share what they have created and feel a sense of pride in their work. I also think this would be a great app to use in a classroom setting. Students could work individually or cooperatively to create a story! This is definitely an app that I would highly recommend! It is a wonderful way to get children excited about storytelling and really illustrates that magic that can be created when telling a story.