I’m not sure where I stumbled upon this easy animation app but I have had it bookmarked for a while and suddenly remembered about it today. It is so much fun and your kids will love seeing their drawings come to life.

It is free to use and after you created your child’s animation you can choose whether to contribute the data to use in a data set for research. You don’t need to sign up for anything and they don’t collect any personalised data.

What you need before you get started is a kid’s picture of a person, creature, alien, or anything that is pretty simple. It works best if it is drawn on plain white paper with no other distractions on the paper.

If you have been with me for a while, you’ll recognise Ika-Boy, drawn by Ebi-kun when he was two and a half on one of those magnetic drawing boards, this went on to be my shop logo for a long time! This is the cleaned-up version as the original on the magnaboard didn’t work well in the animation software.

This will be your starting point, take a photo of the picture and now it’s time to have some fun. I’ll take you through the steps so you know what to expect and then you can try it out with the kids…

Step 1 – Preparing your image for an easy animation

Click the upload button and upload your image.

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Preparing your image for an easy animation

Step 2

Once your image is uploaded, click next and decide whether you want your kid’s picture to go to the data set to help with their research.

Step 3 – Isolating your image

Use the nodes (the little white circles) to tighten the area around your image, if there are other random things in the image you can cut them out with this tool. Just click on the node and drag it into place. Fit is as tightly as possible around the image but without toughing the drawn lines.

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Isolating your image

Step 4 – Separating the image

The software will scan the image and separate it from the background. If it has accidentally cut off a leg or included some scribbles on the page use the editing tools to erase or drawback in anything that needs correcting.

When you are happy, click Next.

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Separating the image

Step 6 – Selecting the parts to animate

Decide on the moveable parts. When you click on each node it will tell you when to place it, left hip, right ear etc. Of course, your alien might have 4 arms or 7 eyes so you will have to make your best judgement call here! You can run the animation and if it doesn’t feel right go back and edit it, so don’t get too hung up on it. Get the kids to decide where to stick what. Just drag the nodes to the points in the body of the image that makes sense.

Easy Animation App Step 6 - Selecting the parts to animate

Step 7

Play the animation. It is pretty simple but there are several movement options. If it looks a bit funky use the fix button and go back and change the joints. If you want to keep the animation, use the share button and download it.

To start again use the + Drawing button.

Easy Animation app Step 7: Play the animation.

Step 8 – take the easy animations a step further

Play it again! If you used a drawing your kids had already drawn, get them to be more intentional this time. Now they know about the movement nodes and joints, have them think about that as they design their next person, creature or monster to be animated. Let them experiment with the body parts and placement of the nodes. What happens if they use the leg nodes for arms etc?

What I love about this app is that is keeps the animations easy, whereas often animation apps can quickly get overwhelming and confusing. I think this is a perfect starter whether it’s taken further and then kids get more interested in animation or if it’s just used as a 20-minute bit of fun.

Where to find the easy animations app.

Click here to get to MetaDemoLab so you can play too!

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