Let's make a Cartoon!
Toontastic empowers kids ages 5-10 to become creative story producers by guiding story structure and capturing narrative play in action. Our first step in helping kids to structure their stories is to help them define the turning points in their narrative using story events like the Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax & Resolution.
Next, kids can choose from one of the many settings that come with the app (a couple of them seen here) or let their imaginations loose and draw their own.
Once your child chooses the settings and characters, they can choose to color in those characters using the paint bucket tool or draw their own from scratch using the paint brush. The child may add as many characters to a scene from the Toy Box as he or she wishes.
Toontastic's animation tool is designed to mimic traditional doll play. To animate a scene, the child simply hits the "Start Animation" button and moves the characters around onscreen. The microphone records the child's narrative as he or she plays. Characters can be moved, scaled, or rotated using single and multi-touch gestures. Limbs can be animated separately and multiple characters can be animated simultaneously for children to play collaboratively.
The final step in creating a scene is to determine the background music. In Toontastic, music is defined by the scene’s Emotional Energy. Is your scene Passionate, Angry, Sad? Shape your Story Arc by adjusting the energy level of your scene up and down and then choose the appropriate emotion and corresponding song.
Once you’ve finished all the scenes in your story, you can title your cartoon, add your name as the director, and play your cartoon for everyone to see.
If you wish, you can also share your cartoon online on ToonTube, our Global Storytelling Network for Kids, to earn badges for Top 'Toons.
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