Junior Storytellers puts your child in the director’s seat to create simple animated stories with narration, using a variety of settings, characters and props. It is a great way for children to learn about how to build a story while engaging in creative play. There are two versions of the app available. I am reviewing the School Edition, which includes all content with the one price. The free version has limited content, with more story theme packs available with in-app purchase.
The main screen of the app is separated into four main sections: Create Story, My Stories, Awards and Settings.
There are two main story sections: Sandbox and Challenge.
Sandbox Mode – This section has two options: a learning mode and a create mode.
- Learn to Play guides children through making a story. It explains how to choose scenes, and to add, pose and change characters and props, and uses items from the Jungle theme only. It is a great place to start, and might also be helpful for children who might otherwise get a bit overwhelmed with choice.
- Create A Story gives children full access to the range of settings, characters and props. Children create a story one page at a time and can create stories of any length they choose.
Challenge Mode – This mode challenges children to create stories using a specific number of scenes. The first level is a single scene story and is a good place to start. Subsequent levels challenge children to create stories with several scenes. The first Level 1 has a single scene story, Level 3 has stories of 5 scenes, and Level 5 has stories with 9 scenes. The challenge mode starts with a quick video modelling the creation and recording of a story. After you have seen it a few times, it gets a bit tired, but you can tap on the big red cross in the top corner to turn it off. You can also turn the tutorial off using the app settings. Continue reading