phone/tablet app designed to help parents “make up” stories to tell children or provide an educational imagination exercise for
creators of Shake-n-Tell want to bring back an essential element in the human
experience: storytelling. Call it a dying art or simply a neglected art, storytelling
has disappeared for too many families. For thousands of years, we shared
insight and tradition through stories. Weaving tales from the
imagination creates a personal connection with children that parents will never
find reading the same picture book for the 500th time.
And it’sFUN!Telling stories lets you be silly or spooky and always
spontaneous. Whether it’s sitting around a campfire or cuddling at bedtime,
kids love stories.
That does not mean storytelling is easy or automatic. Kids typically ask for a
story at bedtime when parents are tired, and the idea of drawing plots
and characters out of thin air may feel intimidating. An improvisation engine
rather than an interactive storybook, the Shake-n-Tell app guides users through
the storytelling experience with “flash card” prompts for plot points and
characters that encourage them to elaborate, exaggerate and describe: just add personality, shake, and
serve. Each shake randomly pulls users through
a plot arc with billions
of permutations in each Story Pack.
The Shake-n-Tell app will launch as a free iOS app with four adventures and dozens of
endings. Users can purchase Story Packs, each offering eight adventures in genres such as princess, pirate, ghost, space, and more. Each month, Shake-n-Tell will release a new Story
Pack in a different genre. Perfect for parent-child interaction, Shake-n-Tell
can also be a child-to-child imagination exercise. Kids or adults can pass the
phone around a circle in a round-robin storytelling game. An audio recording
feature will allow children to hear favorite stories again and again.
Who we are:
Shake-n-Tell meant bringing together a community of artists, video game designers, writers and
storytellers. And it helped to have a couple of dads who know how hard it can
be to spin a story at the end of a long day.
What we need:
is currently in development. We need financial support to create a great app that helps people tell great stories. We'll use
your pledges to complete development, expand to new platforms, bring Shake-n-Tell into
schools and apply modern technology to bring back an ancient tradition.
We are a KickItForward project-