Elmo's Monster Maker

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What we like best:

Large onscreen components make this app easy to use for even the littlest fingers.

What you should know:

Toddlers and preschoolers will love the options and interaction, even if some of the games and features are limited.
Full Review:

Monsters aren’t always scary—some just need a little help being put together again! This easy-to-use, engaging app is perfect for the preschool set; big controls and intuitive features make it easy for little fingers create monster pals to play with.

Elmo’s monster friends are missing eyes, noses and accessories, and it’s up to players to put them back together. Kids pick a furry friend, and then tap to mix and match silly seasonal features, such as candy eyes, ornament noses and wrapping bow hats! Once they’re complete, little learners can play with their monsters in three easy games. Elmo dances, takes pictures with, and plays music with the monsters, so kids get interaction with their favorite Sesame Street pal as well as their own creations. The simple, brightly colored interface and sounds mimic Sesame Street, so it's eye-catching and familiar for little ones.

While it's true that the games aren't exactly challenging, they're fun and engaging, which is perfect for short attention spans. Say hello to a few minutes of blessed quiet time—just keep in mind that this app has no way to turn off the sound, so you might need to crank down the volume.

Reviewed 2012-11-26 on iPad2 iOS6 by Jae Curtis

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