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Mary and the Sea Monster: A Personalised Kids App

By Gingersnap Studios Limited

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


"Mary & the Sea Monster" is a fun animated story based on the life of Mary Anning, who at the age of 12 discovered the first evidence of prehistoric sea reptiles. You join her in the story by adding your photo, and helping Mary prove her theories, but you can do it on your own. You will need to get the help of your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.

After you have personalised your version of the story with your name and picture, you can send it on to your chosen family member. Once they receive your gift, they can play back the story, and complete 4 games along the way. At the end of the story there is a digital 'colouring in' which they can use to make their own picture of a dinosaur, and then send it back to you as a 'thank you'.

(Created in partnership with The National Trust)

Gingersnap™ is the fun new way for children, families and grandparents to stay in touch. Personalise and play fun, educational stories and activities starring members of your family


- Download the app for free
- Decide who you want to receive this personalised interactive adventure
- Add your picture and see yourself incorporated as a starring character in the story
- Choose who you want to be referred to and hear how the soundtrack changes too

And then, when you are happy with how the story looks, make a small in-app payment (using your Apple iTunes account) so you can share the story with other family members.

There's absolutely no obligation to buy - so we'd encourage you to download the app and try it out. Then if you like what you see, only then will we ask for a token payment.

At that point we then generate a unique 'Story-ID' that you can pass on digitally (via email), or, if you choose, we can send a personalised postcard to your chosen recipient anywhere in the world - all at no extra cost.



Here's how to retrieve and play a story that someone else has created for you:

- Using your iPad, click the link in the email that was sent to you
- Go to and type in the 8 letter Story ID on the postcard that you received
- Click the 'Open in App' button on the webpage
- Download the app onto your iPad from the Apple Apps Store... remember it's free so there is nothing to pay
- Launch the App from your home screen and enjoy watching the story and playing the games

At the end of the adventure, if you complete the story and crack the challenges, you will then unlock a creative 'colouring in' so you can make your own picture of a dinosaur. You can then save the picture to your camera-roll and send it via email as a digital 'thank you'.


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Mary and the Sea Monster: A Personalised Kids App
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.7.6
  • Size: 351 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 4+
  • Made For Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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  1. Personalised version of 'Mary & the Sea Monster' (no postcard)£2.99