Many kids love playing make-believe and inventing their own stories. For these creative young minds, the newly released Lipa Theater: Story Maker is a great tool to help them channel their imagination. Created by the team at Lipa Learning, the app is a creative, free-play game where you can design, invent, record, and share your own original plays.
Stage Your Own Play
When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to select the Theater School. This is the tutorial section of the app. A cute jester character will teach you to use the available features, for example, how to add characters to a scene and animate them with your touch.
Why is this tutorial necessary? Because as far as story makers go, the app includes some fairly advanced features. You can, for example, make your characters hold props and ride animals. You can also control the elements in a scene, down to the time of day, the weather, and background music. You can even snap a picture with the device’s camera and use it as a backdrop.
The tutorial is fairly thorough, and by the end of it you should be able to use the app with ease. You can then go to the My Story section to bring your imagination to life. Fifty unique characters, dozens of props, and several backdrops ranging from the wild west to outer space are at your disposal.
Once you’re happy with your stage, you can record, save, and share your story with your family and friends. Don’t forget that you can also revisit each story and play them back whenever you like.
Parents Need to Know
When introducing Lipa Theater: Story Maker to your child, it’s best to let them sit through the Theater School first. Note that some degree of patience and concentration are required to complete the instructions, so you might want to accompany the younger kids during their first attempts at the app. Once they have worked out how to use the available features, however, they should be able to create stories without any problems.
Lipa Theater: Story Maker is recommended for ages 3+. It’s a safe app with no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases, but be aware that it displays the developer’s other apps on the main screen. It does, however, have parental controls in place to prevent kids from accidentally following external links.
If you have previously downloaded other Lipa apps, you might want to set up a Lipa Gateway account. This will allow you to set up individual profiles for each child that uses the app, track your child’s learning development, and get extra contents among others.
Things I Like
Lipa Theater: Story Maker is a great tool that allows kids to explore their imagination and develop their storytelling skill. Using the wide range of characters and props presented to them, they can create various scenes. Along the way, they’ll hone their communication skills as well.
A wonderful thing about the app is it facilitates cooperative play. More than one person can move the characters around in a scene, allowing kids to play with their siblings, friends, or other family members.
Visually, the app is eye-catching with bright and colorful graphics. The characters are cute, and there’s enough variety in the design to create all sorts of stories. I especially like that you can add your own backdrops as it open the doors to inventing more personal and unique stories.
Lipa Theater: Story Maker allows budding story makers to set up, animate, and record their own stories. Using the many characters and props provided by the app, kids can explore their creativity and bring their imagination to life. Definitely worth checking out if your child enjoys storytelling and playing make-believe.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Lipa Learning
Lipa is a team of developers committed to changing education. Their apps are designed as a space where children can learn organically, at their own pace, but also be guided where to go next. You should check out their other apps we’ve reviewed:
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