Art Maker by ABC’s Play School | create your own iPad story
Art Maker is a wonderful iPad app for kids, which has only just recently been published on the App Store. Even 5 year old’s can make their own animations and story slideshows with the Art Maker app. The app uses simple step by step instructions for the process of making an animated movie – starting off with choosing an actor and a scenery using Playschool Toys and craft items. Kids are also able to edit the film.
If you haven’t have guessed already, the Art Maker Play School app has been produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as ABC and is the second longest running children’s television show in the world.
Let’s start with the cover picture. A small area has been reserved for parents. There are no in-app purchases and no advertisements, the app is simply neat and sound!
You can choose a background for the first scene on the first page. A beach scenery, a living room scenery, a kitchen, a moon scenery and an underwater scenery.
If you’d rather use a neutral background, you could also use a colourful, creased paper background. We really like the creased paper effect it really brings in some movement and nice 3D effects.
You can also upload one of your own photos and pictures from your iPad on the bottom and use this as a setting for your animated movie. You could perhaps use your own garden? Or maybe your own Playroom? There is a big range of possibilities that you could use, which is simply awesome!
We have chosen the moon as a background. With all the farms and animal apps on the App Store, we sometimes just feel like travelling to the moon.
On the top of the screen, in the top bar, you can find a wide range of toy actors, accessories and requisites. You can simply scroll your way through all the items. Great: the costumes and objects always match the scenery. WOW! This is a big range and also a nice Alternation.
As an example, we chose the earth, an Astro-Teddy, a glitter star, the dog and a Space shuttle. The Teddy and the Earth could be placed anywhere on the screen, whereas the Space shuttle had to be assembled first. How cool is that? Even the base of the Moon had to be constructed first. You will recognise these constructional objects by the puzzle symbol.
Once you’ve picked and placed your requisite and your characters, you can either take a photo or shoot a little movie. You only need to click on the video camera or the camera on the top right.
You can move the characters, tell a scary or funny story. Kids will love to play roleplays with this creative app and it is also very cute to hear the children’s voices in the little movies. Once you have finished recording the movie, you only need to press on the video camera again for it to play your self created animated film. The app will automatically save the scene. Nothing is ever lost and will always be found again, which is very child-friendly!
Of course you’ll need a lot more sequences for a propper movie, which can all be put together whilst editing your film.
For our next scene, our characters or also actors flew back to Earth and landed safely at the beach.
Once you’re back in the main menu, you can choose the “My Art” page, where all of your pictures have been saved and can be viewed and combined. You only need to got to “make a story” and drag each scene on the top to the bottom bar. Save and Ready!
Kids will have created their very own movie or story slideshow with their very own voices, which they can watch and laugh at over and over again! This is simply outstanding.
Art Maker by ABC’s Play School rating:
Art Maker is a fantastic, creative playground for kids, where they can create their own stories, record, design and edit their movies. Their little film creations are wonderful digital memories and can be watched at any time again. What a great entertainment!
Top best apps for kids rating: 5 stars
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➔ App download for – iPad on Apple App Store
kids app test based on app version 1.0