Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes!

Common Sense Media says

Shapes, easy tutorials launch kids into animation creation.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

As the name suggests, Easy Studio is very easy to use. Easy Mode guides kids into the creation process with a tutorial, followed by five lessons that grow in complexity. Kids then can move into Expert Mode, which is freeplay. Settings include languages, speed of images per second, shadows, and enabled or disabled Internet links.

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Consumerism

The main screen includes a child-protected area, which parents can access by solving a math problem, featuring more apps by this developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

You don't need to enter any personal information to use Easy Studio, and Les Trois Elles Interactive's easy-to-understand Privacy Policy appears on the developer's website. The app does contain links to Facebook and Twitter as well as a place to enter an email address. Although these are behind a parent lock, you can get to them by solving a multiplication problem.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes! is a beginning animation app based entirely on creating moving scenes with colorful shapes. A fun tutorial and Easy Mode-level lessons empower even young kids who are new to the animation process to use fill-in images of animated geometric shapes, as well as a train and an airplane, to create simple animated scenes in only a few minutes. Kids simply fill in shapes, take a snapshot, fill in more shapes, take another snapshot, and so on until they complete the animated scene. They then press Play to watch the action. The free play mode allows kids to create anything using shapes that can be resized, rotated, and colored to maximize creativity. Easy Studio also is a fun way to learn how shapes form objects within a success-oriented introduction to animation.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • sequences
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

If kids follow the tutorial and lessons, creating a simple animated video is nearly a sure thing on this well-designed, step-by-step app. Kids will have so much fun creating and sharing their animations!

Learning Approach

Easy Studio's engrossing basic animation, geometric shapes, and art study empower kids to use the skills in Easy Mode to create whatever they can imagine using shapes in Expert Mode.

Support

Kids learn the how-to's of animation through the tutorial and Easy Mode lessons. They can view the elapsed time in each animation via a bar on the bottom of the screen, and save and view all their own animations in the Library.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • sequences
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn basic animation skills, along with sequencing, following directions, and how geometric shapes can interact to create objects and designs. As kids use the tools on Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes!, they engage their imaginations and fine motor skills to make new digital creations. Easy Studio introduces kids to digital animation and provides many opportunities for them to express their creativity.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

EASY STUDIO - ANIMATE WITH SHAPES!, an extremely simple and effective beginning animation app, offers both an Easy Mode and an Expert Mode. In Easy Mode, a tutorial demonstrates how to move shapes, take photos, and move shapes again to create an animation. Five more lessons help kids learn basic animation techniques by creating an animated accordion, train, airplane, and more. Expert Mode provides all the same shapes and tools with no creative direction; kids simply press Play or tap into the Library to watch saved animations.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Creating moving digital images may seem like a difficult concept to introduce to young kids, but Easy Studio finds a way. This excellent early introduction to animation makes the process seem simple as kids learn how shapes interact to create objects and designs. After completing the initial tutorial and five preplanned lessons, kids will have all the skills they need to jump into Expert (aka free play) Mode. Watching saved animations is as easy as pressing Play. Settings include languages, speed of images per second, use of shadows, and enabled or disabled Internet links. One missing feature is an option to add audio.

Families can talk about...

  • For maximum success and minimum frustration, encourage kids to start with the tutorial and go through each lesson in Easy Mode before moving to Expert Mode.

  • Once kids have mastered creating with Easy Studio, encourage them to use real-world objects in stop-motion animation. Apps like Animate It! can help.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 18, 2013
Category:Education
Size:18.00 MB
Publisher:Les Trois Elles Interactive
Version:2.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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