I like storytelling activities and storytelling learning tools. Storytelling helps kids develop oral language skills, boost thinking skills, creativity, and imagination. While learning to put a story together, kids in fact gain skills in better listening and reading. Also storytelling helps kids express their emotions and feelings that many times are hard to do. Today we share top storytelling learning tools for kids on iPad, many are also available on other devices.
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Best Storytelling Learning Tools for Kids on iPad and Other Tablets
Sago Mini Doodlecast: great for kids who cannot write and read yet. Kids tell stories by drawing pictures. The app can also record voice and sound, so kids can tell their stories orally while drawing. Both voice and drawing process will be recorded as the whole story.
Scribble My Story: Similar to Sago Mini Doodlecase, this app allows kids to draw stories, great storytelling tool for young children. There are also pre-made books for kids to read. The in-app parent-child communication function is also a neat feature.
Buildo Museum Sticker Book: tell stories using the stickers provides. This is perfect for young children.
Toontastic Jr: Junior version of Toontastic, which is listed in this list also. It teaches the story arc, but a simpler version. The app also allows family members and friends to co-create stories in real time from different devices remotely. It is a nice feature for families with travelling members.
Story Board That: not an app per se, but functions well on iPad and iPhone. Kids can choose different picture elements such as boys, girls, teachers, furniture, … to put pictures together to tell stories. Great for kids who have not developed enough vocabulary to tell stories in words.
Story Wheel: this is great as a family activity, or classroom activity. Kids take turns to spin the wheel to get story prompts and contribute to the story. The app records the story for kids to playback later.
Toontastic: I like the app teaching kids how to create stories, following the s-step story arc. The app then guides kids throughout the story creating process, one step at a time. Kids can use the elements provided by the app, pictures, settings, music. Kids can also record their own voice or upload sound effects. The final product is a short movie.
Explain Everything: takes different media types as story elements, such as pictures, videos, texts, voice and sound. Kids will be able to leverage their strength in certain media types to tell the stories. It also allows multiple platforms to share the stories. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Tellagami: a free app letting kids create short stories either by typing in the story in words or by recording their own voice. The app will show a reporter telling the kid’s story as input by the child. There is a length limit, so it is perfect for kids who just start storytelling.
Doodle Cast Pro: Similar to Explain Everything, doodle Cast allows integration of multiple media types. It is also a great teaching tool for classroom and homeschool.
Book Creator: we used Book Creator for our summer trip report projects. It is another app that kids can use different media types for their stories.
Adobe Voice: a free app from Adobe. I like the professionally pre-made icons in the app. You can search icon based on your story topic and theme. It is a great free tool for creating short stories.
StoryKit: a free app that also takes multi-media elements for story creation. The functions are simpler and less options, but it is a free app, so could be a good one to get started before you invest any money.
Do you have any suggestions on storytelling tools for kids? Please leave a comment.
This is part of our Best Learning Tools for Kids on iPad series. For complete list of best learning tools for Kids on iPad and links to all posts, please visit: Free Essential Learning Tools for Kids on iPad and Other Tablets. In the series, we have best learning tools for the following subjects:
Math Concepts in General ; Counting ; Telling Time
Phonics ; Spelling ; Vocabulary ; Grammar ; Storytelling
Computer Coding ; Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
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