Toontastic is an app teaching kids story telling by letting them make their own animated movies. Different from StoryKit and Educreation, the little figures in the app have moving parts – you will not only see the boy move around, you will see his legs move while he is walking.
Another big difference between Toontastic and StoryKit or Educreation is that Toontastic provides guideline of story telling, and does it in a very fun way. When a child is ready to create a story, the app will show the “story arch”, the 5 steps of story telling: Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, and Resolution. For each step, kids can choose the scene and characters the app provides, or they can make a scene and characters by drawing pictures of their own. They can also choose the background music from a list by the mood they want for the scene: friendly, happy, frustrated, sad, or other options.
Similar to Educreation, kids can make movies by moving the characters around and providing story dialogues at the same time. They make one scene at a time, so it is not overwhelming at all.
After the kids finish all scenes of the story, they can title the movie, add names for directors, and save their productions in the app, or share it with other kids around the world on ToonTube. It is a site that Toontastic hosts submitted movies created via the app. Kids have to get parental permission with a valid email address to be able to submit their movies. If your child wants to share his creation with the public, make sure don’t use his/her real name.
Toontastic has found a very creative way to teach kids story telling. It is fun and engaging. Any kids above age 3 should be able to enjoy the app.
It is not only a creative tool for kids, parents and teachers can use it to create teaching stories too, be it about math or social studies.
It is only available on iPAD. The initial package includes 4 scenes and 13 character figures (called toys in the app), and it is free. There are more scenes and characters available via In-App Purchase.
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