When it comes to creating content that engages and inspires, nobody delivers like Disney. With every bit of the imagination and quality found in everything that comes from Disney, Toy Story Showtime! doesn’t fail to impress.
Featuring your favorite characters from the popular Toy Story movies your child will be guided through a story that has Buzz Lightyear trying to impress Jessie at the talent show.
Early reading concepts are reinforced with text highlighting as the narrator progresses through each page while key words in the passages are shown in a different color. If you touch one of those words the narrator will find a way to describe the meaning in a way that helps children to really understand.
Touching images on the page provide nearly limitless interactions. In some instances your child will be invited to draw a circle on the screen which helps Buzz to dance while in others bring the aliens to life in a scene from the play they want to perform for the show. Different still, you can build a block tower out of letter-blocks with the letter on each standing for a word that the narrator will describe.
Regardless of the actions, the focus of each page is on learning what it means to impress somebody in a way that makes people feel special.
What I liked: If your child hesitates for a while without doing anything, the narrator will invite your child into action by suggesting activities for them to try. This is especially effective if your children are using the app without your direct assistance.
What I didn’t like: The app begins by launching straight into the story and it would be kind of nice to see a menu before it begins without having to later exit back out.
To buy or not to buy: This is another in a long line of ‘need to have’ Disney apps that are nothing short of fantastic.
- App Name: Toy Story Showtime!
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications
- Price: $4.99