Earlier in the week, I checked out the Shake-N-Tell app (Your Name In Cows). It’s a storytelling app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (iOS 4.0 or later). The free app is designed to help dads and moms tell bedtime stories. Let’s face it. At the end of the day, we’re not exactly at our creative best. And when you’re tired, it can be a little difficult to make up a story on the spot. This is when the Shake-N-Tell app comes in handy.
With the Shake-N-Tell app, you can tell a story by reading the text on the screen. But that’s not exactly what the app was designed for. The idea behind the app is for you to tell the story in your own words with your own take on the story. The main purpose of the app is to give you a story idea to work with. You can use the plot twists and characters as presented to you, or change them to suit your imagination.
The app is easy to use. You just tap on the story pack you want and the story begins. To get to the next screen, you can either shake your device or tap on the play button. If you don’t like the current story element, you can just tap on the shuffle button. And if your kids start to get sleepy, you can press the fast forward button to shorten the story.
The Shake-N-Tell app is free and includes a free pack of stories. You can purchase additional story packs for ghost, princess, space, and dinosaur stories. Each pack costs $1.99. You can also record your story by purchasing the recording option for 99 cents.