In case you hadn’t noticed, we here at AppAdvice are big fans of apps for little ones. Our continual coverage of kids’ apps that are worthy of note is proof of this. In fact, today we’re highlighting another notable kids’ app in the form of Make Me Smile!
Make Me Smile! is an iPad app that aims to teach your kid to “not to be afraid of an angry monster” and “to have compassion to a scared or sad one.”
It does so by displaying a series of cute, cuddly, and colorful animated characters.
At first, a character is either angry, scared, or sad. But once your kid takes action by tapping the character, it smiles and moves about happily.
That mechanic alone is enough to keep your child delighted. But Make Me Smile! actually has a hidden feature (hidden from your inquisitive kid, at least) that’s bound to delight you as well.
Make Me Smile! has the ability to silently take a series of photos of your child while interacting with the app.
Every time your child taps a character or switches to a new one, the app takes a snapshot using the iPad’s front camera.
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Unbeknownst to your child, his or her sincerest emotions are being recorded while using the app. This enables you to see exactly how your child reacts with fear, sympathy, and joy to the different characters.
The candid snapshots are stored in the app’s photo album, from which they can be saved into the Photos app or shared via email or Facebook.
Note that the app’s picture-taking function is not supported by first-generation iPads, on account of their lack of a camera.
Make Me Smile! is available now in the App Store for free. The app initially comes with five characters, with more characters unlockable via a $0.99 in-app purchase.
Go ahead and give Make Me Smile! a try. And if you’re looking for more apps for kids, check out our recently launched column called AppAdvice Jr.