disclaimer: we were sent a set to review…all thoughts are entirely our own.
Imagination and storytelling are such important building blocks to learning. As a mother I am always looking for new and interesting ways to reinforce these concepts with my daughters. SpinTales offers a unique approach and I was eager to try it out.
Spintales in an interactive, 3D storytelling experience. Using either the SpinTales rug or duvet cover and a tablet or smart phone, your child can really involve themselves in the story. My girls were excited to give these tales a spin as soon as the products arrived in our house.
First, we tried the jungle rug. The rug itself is colorful and cute. It’s the perfect size for a child’s bedroom or a playroom. After downloading the free SpinTales app and selecting the rug we were ready to go…very easy! Unfortunately, we ran into a few problems. Our first problem is that the app isn’t especially stable and shut down a few times while we were using it. Once the app was working we were in business and my girls liked following the character Milo in a story about opposites. At different points in the story, you are prompted to find things on the rug with the tablet – sort of like scanning a barcode with your phone-and when you locate the object and scan it, it interacts. For example, scanning the tiger caused it to growl.
Besides the app periodically crashing, there were a few other issues. Navigation of the tablet to the objects to scan was not easy for my older daughter (age 7) and impossible for my younger daughter(age 3). While the idea that you can interact with the story is really cool, my kids were sort of confused. They never know if they were supposed to be doing something with the app. Lastly, there is only one story currently available for the rug. The menu states that two more are “coming soon” but for now, after a couple of trips through the same story my kids were done with it and spent the rest of the time pretending to be jungle animals on the rug.
The duvet cover is a fairy tale themed experience and it is beautiful! The cover is a lovely, satin texture with a gorgeous, water-color picture. Like the rug, only one story is currently available. Unfortunately, we were never able to make it through the story because every time we tried the app crashed after just a few minutes.
I think the idea of SpinTales is terrific. While currently there are some issues that need to be ironed out, I am hoping future updates to the app make this product more usable and fun.