Magic Story Maker
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Kids! We love them, but they're tiny monsters and we are slaves to them.
We all know how boring it is to read them the same story over and over. But after an hour of reciting the sounds farm animals make, we're the ones falling asleep, and they're awake as a fighter pilot whose had coffee thrown in his face.
Fortunately, now there's a solution. Magic Story Maker.
With a title designed to fool your child into thinking it's for them, this magical app combines news stories we want to read - sports, science, travel - with colorful images designed to excite your tiny, gurgling offspring.
As they excitedly reach for the iPad, they've already fallen into your trap - for how better to put a child to sleep than reading them the latest movements of the Dow Jones?
The app comes with three built in themes tailor-made for your child's predictable tastes - "Jungle Jimmy", "Where's That Pig", and "Princess Awesome Saves the Day" - with more available for 99 cents. While the stories are delightfully repetitive for children, they are different every time for you.
Plus you'll be doing your child a favor. Research indicates that reading articles such as these helps build vocabulary, which leads to higher IQs later in life (aka early retirement for you). It makes sense - the child who is read science news every day is going to be much smarter than the one who learns that a cow goes moo 8,000 times in a year.
Featuring fresh content from USA TODAY's Top stories, Sports, Life, Travel, Tech and Money sections, updated daily. Violent content is filtered out by default, and you pick which stories to read so you can make sure they're appropriate for your kids.
And remember, if you don't read anything else to your kids, they won't know what a "real" kids story is like until you're out of the "danger zone" of having to read one to them.
Created by Brian Fountain and Toby Muresianu
What's New in Version 1.0.6
* Sharing of images via Facebook, Twitter and Email
* Content filtering option
* Additional themes
* Improved UI
* Bug fixes
A little buggy but clever idea.
Text over photos
Great concept, lazy execution.
Bed time stories based on real events sounds like a great teaching tool for kids. I was hoping for news stories that were simplified into easy to digest kiddie-terms and would incorporate a moral lesson or a happy ending.
This app just takes adult-language stories and puts them in a pretty cursive font and superimposes them onto a kid illustrations.
Could have been 1000's times better!!