I have a future author/illustrator in my house. She is my 7 year old daughter and she makes books for EVERYTHING she possibly can. When I am planning dinner, she makes menu books for me to browse through. She will often just sit down and write random stories. Last night’s edition was “Under the Sea” starring Sam the Shark and a jellyfish. She even made her Christmas Wish List into a book! Needless to say, this girl needs plenty of creative outlets and Princess Drawsalot and the Dragon is the perfect one! This is a wonderful story-making app that is perfect for young budding artists who need a little extra help to create.
What really sets this app apart from other story-making apps that I’ve reviewed, is that it allows your child to use their imagination but gives them some prompts to get the ball rolling. So for example, the narrator will say “The knight rode in on a noble steed.” Then the screen will have a picture of a knight already drawn in and your child just has to draw in the horse and add any other background items they want. There are also cute cut-out characters that pop up and give the child helpful hints or reminders of what they can do. My kids really had a blast adding in the different characters to the scene and building upon what was already there. Each page proceeds that way and then at the end, you can read the completed book with your child’s illustrations.
I had a wonderful time using this app with my kids. We created one “serious” book together where we tried to stay true to the narration and follow the story. Then my son suggested that we do it again but make it a “silly” story! That time we make the illustrations opposite of what the narration was and made all of the pictures as silly as we could. Everyone had a great time offering suggestions and taking turns drawing the pictures. I think that this would be a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It is a fun and non-threatening way to help kids develop their creativity without having to come up with a storyline and pictures all on their own. At home, it is a fun way to spend time with your kids laughing and creating and bonding. What a great way to encourage imaginative thinking!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.