What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ABCya Animate is an easy-to-use tool that lets kids create animations using their own original drawings or ready-made images. A video tutorial shows kids how to use each of the tool's commands. No personal information is requested, and no sharing options are included, making this app a safe bet for kids. Kids may need reminders to hit "copy frame" for each frame they want saved in their movies. They'll get a kick out of creating their own animated movies, but since there are no sharing options (which is a safety-plus), they'll have to show off their movies in person on their own device.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Commands are very kid-friendly, and kids will quickly see their creations in action, rewarding their efforts and encouraging them to create more.
Kids learn how animation works through hands-on exploration. Plenty of space is available to save new animations, so kids can create, watch, and improve upon their animations.
A video tutorial shows how to use all the commands. Animations are saved in the gallery, but no options for sharing are provided.
What's it about?
ABCya ANIMATE lets kids easily create their own animated movies. Starting from a white screen, kids can draw using four pencil sizes and 36 colors or add images from the categories of transportation, landscape, animals, foods, people, and fun objects. They can move and size objects, flip them, or arrange them in front of or behind other objects. To save a frame and add it to the film roll, kids hit "copy frame" and then add to the next frame -- up to 99 frames. They can set the background, view the previous frame, and clear a frame easily. There's no way to record voice-overs or add custom music, although the background tune can be changed in the parent/teacher section. Movies can be played once or on a loop. Animations can only be saved to the gallery on the device, and no sharing options are available.
Is it any good?
ABCya Animate is a blast for kids wanting to dip their toes into animation. The drawing interface is easy to navigate, and all the commands are visible onscreen. Kids have plenty of room in the 99 frames to build a short animated film, and the dozens of included images provide the versatility to incorporate lots of elements. Kids can't add their own narration, however, and if they want to share their animations, they have to show them on their own devices. This limits ABCya ANIMATE when compared to apps like Toontastic and PIXEL'd. The video tutorial is very helpful to show kids how to create animations, though, so consider the app a good introduction to how animation is created and a way for kids to succesfully create their own basic animations.
Families can talk about...
Look through (or make your own) family flipbook and explore animation as a series of pictures.
Play around with Disney Animated to learn together the how-tos of Disney animation.