Creaza Cartoonist

Common Sense Media says

Create kooky comic-style stories with pretty intuitive tool.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

After creating and sharing their very own cartoon, kids will feel empowered, excited, and proud.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

With a username and password required for login, kids using the site should feel secure; their videos are private unless they choose to share through social media or email.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing
  • following directions

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • historical figures
  • history

Arts

  • script writing
  • drawing
  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With goofy, fun clip art to choose from and a relatively simple dashboard, kids should really enjoy messing around with the site's features.

Learning Approach

The way kids have to use their brains to plot out a cartoon story should help them out with future creative thinking. They're also able to share the finished product through social media or email, getting feedback from peers.

Support

There's a three-minute video tutorial that goes over the basics, as well as a simple but clear help page with instructions on how to put together a cartoon.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing
  • following directions

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • historical figures
  • history

Arts

  • script writing
  • drawing
  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to tell a story using both text and image. They'll figure out how to create action and mood using Creaza Cartoonist's customizable clip art, and will learn some patience as they add frame upon frame to complete a tale. Kids can also learn a little bit of history by exploring the Historical Universe theme, which doesn't have the widest range but does include WWII, Vikings, and Ancient Greece and Rome. Creaza Cartoonist is totally fun to use, and the possibilities are endless.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Price:Pricing available upon request.
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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