I recently purchased an iPad for my homeschool. The apps for education are amazing and the system is more stable than a PC or laptop. It is a wonderful tool for education and a lot of fun. My kids love it. One app they all enjoy is Toontastic. My kids are 14, 12, 7, and 3, and all have fun creating their own animations or working together.
What is Toontastic?
Designed in partnership with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, Toontastic inspires the artist and writer in every child while teaching key storytelling principles that help to promote Creativity at a young age.
Toontastic’s drawing tools bring kids’ wildest ideas to life alongside virtual playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, far away galaxies, and many other characters and settings to spark the imagination.
The app is free and you have the option to purchase more “toy sets” or characters and sets for your story. The child can also create her own character and sets by drawing them on the iPad. I decided to purchase the All Access Pass for $9.99. The All Access Pass allows you to have all the current characters and sets and all future characters and sets. Since I have four kids who use the app nonstop, I decided it was worth the expense. Normally, I never spend more then a few dollars on an app. However, this app is fun and sparks the imagination. The kids get a chance to create their own stories. The app provides everything a child needs from a choice of chargers, scenes, and story builders like the conflict and resolution. It takes very little time to create a story. Since the story requires the child to record the story and the story is animated it makes it that much more fun. It is also nice for my dyslexic daughter who loves to create but most apps like this require reading and writing. So, get the app and bring out the story animator in you and your kids.