What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animate It! allows kids to create stop-motion animation videos with photos they take with a mobile device's camera. It's sort of like the high-tech version of the flip-book cartoons kids draw on notepads, but with photos and many more options for adding extra creativity to the mix through editing. The basic function of this app -- taking sequential photos and putting them into motion -- is surprisingly easy to use. Younger kids may not fully grasp the concept of how to take sequential photos in ways that make the best use of this app, but it can be fun for them to try anyway. For kids who are into animation and have mastered the basics, this app can empower them to take their creativity wherever they can imagine.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Empowers kids from early elementary school to teens create their own original creative works (and it is hard work!) and share it with others. Easy app design for a decidedly complex process.
A fun way for kids to learn the math concepts of sequencing in a concrete, creative way while they learn the art of stop-motion animation.
Good help manual. Different projects can be titled and saved, and files exported in HD. There's no sound on this app.
What's it about?
Kids simply start taking photos -- of themselves, clay characters, friends, their pets, a flower -- that they'd like to see animated in sequential order. Ready to see them move? Just press play. To add more creativity and complexity to the mix, kids can change the rate of speed that the frames change; copy, paste, or reverse sequences; delete or reorder frames; and more. Different projects can be titled and saved, or exported to the mobile device's camera roll.
Is it any good?
Animate It! was created by the studio that birthed Wallace and Gromit, and this app may help kids and teens create even more original work like that, too. The accessibility of this app for a wide range of abilities helps even young kids be able to try out the concept of taking photos of a series of sequential events and seeing them put into motion. While it would be a nice addition to include sound on this app, something as simple as photos of a friend waving or your own smile turning into a frown and back to a smile again can be a wonder to a child who's given the ability to bring it to life on-screen via Animate It!.
Families can talk about...
Be the subject for one of your kid's films! Let your kid "direct" your move for each photo to be included in the sequence.
Try to find or make a flip-book cartoon with paper. Compare the experience with that of Animate It!