PlayTime Theater is a customizable, interactive castle play set that gives kids characters, props, and sound effects and invites them to create and record short shows.
This truly innovative app delivers what so many others promise (but don’t quite deliver): free play.
In a crowded field, this app stands out as the single best use of touch-screen technology that we’ve ever seen for kids.
Why we like it:
After watching a short tutorial video (an essential step, trust us), kids are ready for their directorial debut. After getting the hang of things in rehearsal mode, they go “backstage” to add props, costumes, supporting characters, and sound effects to the below-stage button bar. Then they’re ready to record.
To bring their story to life, they move the characters around the screen and activate props by touching and swiping them. At the same time, they’re speaking dialogue, adding sound effects, and being recorded.
In playback mode, the curtain rises on your child’s creation. It’s delightful!
Despite a few flaws, we gave this app a very high score. It crashed a couple times when my daughter was building her button bar (this is a known issue with a fix coming). We also had the screen freeze a couple times in record mode and had to reboot.
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We tested version 1.0, which is compatible with the iPad. Requires IOS 4.2 or later. Developer Make Believe Worlds. Read our disclosure policy.