Friday, February 28, 2014

Children's App Review: Puff the Magic Dragon's Playground

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this app, free of charge, from It's All Good Media, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Who's Your Favorite Dragon?

The younger generation probably said 'Toothless'!
Us older fogies said 'Puff', right?

Sing with me......

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea 
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee...

puff the magic dragon book cover

Now a new generation can experience Puff in a new and interactive way!

One of the most beloved and treasured songs of all time, Puff, the Magic Dragon, and his home in the land called Honalee, has been transformed into the playful and creative Puff’s Playground app by interactive media publisher Fat Red Couch, Inc. 

"Puff has now become a moving, singing, speaking creature via today's remarkable technology that we could not have imagined when Puff, the Magic Dragon was first released," says Peter Yarrow, co-writer of Puff, The Magic Dragon, and member of the iconic folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.

Inside the app, kids (and adults too!) can create, play games, and solve puzzles. Puff, the Magic Dragon’s Playground is FREE, with In-App Purchase for additional content for creation and play.

When you open the app, this is your screen- you can see all the available options:

puff the magic dragon's playground app main screen

Let's talk about what you can do IN the app"

Creation Cove – A Creativity Center that includes dozens of simple to use, immersive painting, draw, and mixed media collage tools where children can use coloring pages, textures, and stamps derived from the artwork from the original Puff, the Magic Dragon storybook. It also contains a full suite of drawing and painting tools.This is some SERIOUS art time! Check out the first paining Miss Grace made:

puff the magic dragon's playground app  creation cove screen shot

You can save your creations as well, to use in the Puzzle section, or to go back and add to/edit again. My only issue actually with the whole app was this part, as even the tech savvy kid could NOT figure out how to save her creation. If you look at the above picture, you click on the left hand top corner, in the blue area and a toolbar comes up. You then have to click into the correct button to save the picture, which is NOT obvious. As this is a kid-aimed game app, it would be better to have the save button on the screen toolbar where you actually are creating the picture, as well a print feature.

puff the magic dragon's playground app puzzle screanshot

Puzzle Plantation - Solve jigsaw puzzles using images from the original Puff, the Magic Dragon storybook or images that you created (and saved above) in Creation Cove. You can control the difficulty level of the puzzles by setting the number of pieces, whether the pieces can be rotated, as well as special effects then track your level of improvement – a great tool for children!

puff the magic dragon's playground app and miss grace creating on it

Castle of Concentration - A concentration memory game featuring character art from the original Puff, the Magic Dragon storybook and sound effects.You can select 12 or 24 cards. Miss Grace unfortunately mastered this part in about 5 minutes!

Lighthouse of Learning – Lyrics of Puff, the Magic Dragon as well as an overview for the Honalee Trading Post (In-App-Purchases of additional media for the Creation Cove Creativity Center, additional Puzzle images, and more.). I was hoping for more free activities in the app, but it's not bad to keep your kids occupied while waiting for the doctor, or for a show to start. I'd say you have about 20-25 minutes of use on the Free app section.Miss Grace liked it and we may be buying more from the Trading Post.

Check out the trailer and see for yourself:

 "I'm delighted that the Puff legacy is continuing through this imaginative, sweet, mobile app. Through it, I will be able to share new and amazing fun times as an "over-the-top" grandpa succumbing to the continuing spell of my good buddy, Puff." says Yarrow!

“This is the 50th anniversary of the song, Puff, The Magic Dragon, “ said Nicole Lundeen, Founder and CEO of FatRedCouch. “A classic for three generations, Puff is still very dear to all of us. This is the first in a series of apps we’ll be creating with Puff. We are thrilled to be working with such an iconic character, as well as his creators, Peter and Lenny (Lipton, writer of the lyrics for Puff, the Magic Dragon ).”

 It is available for iOS and Android, with versions for Tabeo, Kindle, and NOOK to be released shortly.

Weave, weave, weave me the sunshine,
Out of the falling rain.
Weave me the hope of a new tomorrow,
And fill my cup again.

operation rescue logo

Operation Respect
FatRedCouch believes in giving back. A portion of revenues will go to Operation Respect. Founded by Peter Yarrow, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule,
bullying and-in extreme cases-violence.

About FatRedCouch
Fat Red Couch, Inc. blends brands and technologies to create innovative entertainment, publishing and educational experiences using digital platforms and physical goods –Digital+Durable. FatRedCouch’s interactive experiences connect brands, companies, and authors with new audiences on the world's fastest growing new platforms.The company's headquarters is located at the former home of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, as well as Pixar.

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