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Review: Sock Puppets Complete
Good puppeteering App for iPad! Experience of being a 'director' and working with a 'cast'
View on the App Store: Sock Puppets Complete - Smith Micro Software, Inc.; Consumer Division
Features of Sock Puppets Complete:
This app is really easy to use, a toddler could make their own puppet show with a little help from an adult or older child. This creativity app fuels children's imagination and gives them the experience of putting together their personalised puppet show from start to finish.
Choose your characters, select your background, then select your props. You can choose different settings which allow your characters to MOVE during the show or stay STATIC. Once everything has been selected the stage is set...
You can also import your own photos in the background to really personalise the show and another great feature is the ability to record short 30 sec movies up to a maximum of 90 seconds. It's so funny that the children made their first stories and they told me that you can choose up to 5 different background in each show!!! The natural curiosity of children mean that they will happily push button to explore what they do without a fear of 'getting it wrong' or 'messing it up', we can literally learn from their desire to learn!
Using the circular Record button your child starts recording their story. You can discuss the story possibilities before the start for added educational benefits or simply let your child speak what they feel in the moment, both of these approaches have great educational merit.
Once recorded then you can playback your puppet show which is really inspiring for you and your child to watch together. You can upload your creation to You Tube and Facebook to share with friends and family!
Much like Toontastic, except with less choice, but easier to use!
With the 'election' characters, this app gives a voice for adults too!!!
[[NOTE ON VIDEO BELOW: iPad Dad tested this video out while hearing the reports of Hurricane Sandy was having on his family. His sister's street is under water, his friend nearly got crushed by a tree (her deck is now smithereens), his parents are stranded in Scotland and his grandparents (in their 90's) are still without power. He is grateful to the Obama administration for their AMAZING response and support of all involved, but is upset that Climate has not been spoken of in the US election.]]
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10 out of 10!
This great app needs only a little bit of tuition. Getting the timing right, and moving the characters simultaneously takes a bit of dexterity. Help little children with this app and you'll both be LAUGHING in no time! Fun playtime!