| Would your daughter like to create an animated Barbie doll show, complete with multiple characters, outfits, scenes, and action? Would you like to help her? If the answer to both questions is 'yes,' this program is for you. Barbie Storymaker is a sophisticated program that allows a user to move from playing with physical dolls, to a computerized experience with virtual dolls. The program has four major components: a Scenes Studio, where the user does most of the production work, picking the scene, the characters, and their clothes; choreographing the characters' movements, and adding animation, sound, dialogue, and special effects, a Paint Studio, where sets can be created or modified, an Editing Studio, where multiple scenes can be spliced together to tell the story. and a Screening Room, for final presentation. |
Children create their own animated stories with Barbie and friends by cutting and pasting characters, stickers and music and recording narration and text. Play begins as kids choose the setting, props and characters for their story. Next, children direct each character's movements and dialogue while adding music and sounds to each scene. Finally, the scenes are linked together and the original story comes to life. The software offers plenty of open-ended creativity options in an easy to use format. Children's work can be saved or printed, and testers enjoyed the program, asking to play it repeatedly. This is one of the better Barbie titles. Teaches: writing, creativity Age Range: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.