Australian Council on Children and the Media

Sticker Doodle Yoodle Kids - Apps Kids Love

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This imaginative app enables kids to create a unique character, place them in an animated sticker book and write a story and save their creations to a virtual scrapbook. Caution: online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Sticker Doodle Yoodle Kids was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 April 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Sticker Doodle Yoodle Kids
Developed by: Apps Kids Love
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance recommended for under 9’s due to online connectivity
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Sticker Doodle Yoodle Kids contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All features of the app were trialed.

App description

Kids will be inspired to express their creativity by creating their own avatar (Yoodle) and bringing them to life in their own animated sticker scene. The game begins with players selecting their preferred head shape, skin colour, hair type and colour, eye shape and colour, mouth, nose and clothes and gender. Kids can then type a name for their “Yoodle” before the adventure can begin. Players begin by touching the virtual scrapbook and selecting from six scenes, including a construction site, farm and underwater scene. There are a range of colourful stickers for kids to drag and drop into the scene, from farm animals to spaceships, providing plenty of opportunities for storytelling and language development. Kids are guided throughout the app by a friendly ladybird, with encouraging comments like: “Here we are, let’s doodle up a story”. Once kids write their story, they can email both the picture and their story to family and friends. 

Reviewers comments

This creative and engaging app encourages kids to create their own character and build their own scene around which to weave a story. Parental co-play is recommended for under 9’s to maximise the learning opportunities by discussing what is happening in the scene and the role of their character in the story. There are opportunities to develop language skills and sequencing in storytelling; which is a key comprehension strategy for children to develop.

Fine motor skills are required to interact with the app, as kids must use their thumb and forefinger to pinch images to resize and rotate both the stickers and selected Yoodle. When they are happy with the stickers applied to the scene, they can touch the image of a scrapbook and the image appears to be inserted into the scrapbook. Once in the scrapbook, kids can touch a star to animate their scene, touch an information icon to write a story about what is happening in their picture, or touch an envelope to email their story and image. Although players are audibly prompted throughout, co-play will be required until children are competent readers and writers. Players can also save their story and created sticker scene to send it in an email to family and friends. Care should be taken to monitor children’s communications or restrict this capability in both the settings of the device and within the app itself.

Note: App may slow down the user’s device due to compatibility issues. Co-play is recommended for under 9’s as created images and stories can be saved and emailed to friends and family, depending on settings.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

Online information or personal details required to download, play or interact with the app:

  • Identity Details
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • Photo/Media/Files
  • Camera
  • Wi-Fi Connection Information 

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

No advertising, but the developer name “Apps Kids love” is visible on the homepage.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Both male and female Yoodles can be created. 

Coarse language

None. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None

Public Reviews

27/03/17

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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