Tell and Direct Your Own Stories
The newest addition to Disney's Story Theater series (which includes Sofia the First: Story Theater? and Disney Princess: Story Theater?), Toy Story: Story Theater lets kids tell stories about the characters from the Toy Story movies. The storytelling takes the format of moving stickers (characters and other props) around on the screen, resizing them, and providing the voice-over for the characters. The app records both the sticker movements and the child's voice and then packages them together to create a short animated story video.
Teaches Kids How to Tell a Story
Toy Story: Story Theater has an excellent feature called "Story Play"? that eases kids into telling their own stories. With Story Play, kids contribute to a story that already has a framework. They pick one of three characters, choose a location, select an event (like seeing a hairy monster), and decide upon an action. With each of these decisions, the story stops and asks kids to contribute some movement and voice-over to include in the completed story.
Free Play Mode
After getting their storytelling legs under them in the Story Play mode, kids can graduate to "Free Play" where they have more control over the stories they want to tell. For older kids, parents can set the app to Level 2, which adds sections about describing a character and choosing a feeling.
Information for parents is nicely stored under a parental lock where parents need to follow written directions on how to open it. Behind the parental lock is the app's guide, with helpful suggestions, settings, and ads about other Disney apps, all hidden from kids.
Toy Story: Story Theater offers training wheels for kids new to storytelling. It is perfect for fans of this brand. Its only limitation is that kids can't create their own characters and props.
This Toy Story: Story Theater app review was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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