A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Creaza Cartoonist can be really fun, but the limited guidance and help make it tricky to figure out how stuff works. Make sure to watch the tutorial video as it's pretty much the only support available in English, and it's enough to get started using the program. The characters are nutty looking and there's an odd selection of props for kids to choose from, but this really only amps up the creativity and silliness of the final cartoons.
What's it about?
CREAZA CARTOONIST is a cartoon creation website that allows kids to make their own online cartoons and mini-movies. They can use pre-drawn characters and backgrounds, or draw their own directly into a panel, then add sound. There are lots of options, including using your own images as backgrounds.
Is it any good?
Aside from the fact that kids will have to do a bit of experimenting to figure out how it all works, Creaza Cartoonist is pretty fun. The drag-and-drop interface is reasonably intuitive and kids should pick up on it quickly. There are some fun features; for example, once you choose a background, go up to the Background tab and decide if it will be day or night in this particular panel. It's a neat way to show the passage of time, and kids can also change the mood of characters in the same way. There are some weird idiosyncrasies; the Animal options you have in the Manga theme are Hamster, Cat, and Robot Cat. That's it. Want to add some props? There are a few more to choose from, among them chocolate milk, a trash can, and a hover platform.
Talk to your kids about ...
Once you and your kids get familiar with the characters and themes, challenge them to a cartoon-off. Give them a theme, a character, and a prop that you've chosen, and see where their story goes. They can then do the same for you!
Some graphic novels and manga are really quality reads, dealing with both fun and challenging content. Take your kids to the library and explore what's available there.
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
Language & Reading: following directions, storytelling, writing
Arts: drawing, film, script writing
- Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, imagination, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
- Genre: Creating
- Price: $200-$999 per year
- Pricing structure: Paid