Kids love to draw, doodle and dive into imaginary worlds that only they can understand. If your kid has a limitless imagination and wants to translate it into something real, you may offer him/her an animation software to play with.
Animation tools for kids are very intuitive and easy to use, allowing your kids to give a form to their ideas.
Windows Report has compiled a list of the best animation software that you kids can use on their Windows PCs. We’re sure your kids will have a great time playing around with these tools.
Depending on the age of your kid(s), we recommend you to first show your kid(s) how to use the tool so that he/she can learn how to use it properly.
DP Animation Maker
DP Animation Maker is an easy-to-use program to create beautiful animation for stories and games. Doesn’t require technical skills or design experience, though it contributes to gaining them and unleash your child’s creativity.
This is a multimedia program with prebuilt animations and plenty of features that allow you to bring images to life! You can make natural scenes burst with vibrancy, and give motion to people and objects with just a few clicks.
Here’s what you can create with minimum knowledge and effort:
- Animated Backgrounds
- Animated introductions for games
- Animated videos
- Digital greeting cards
- Animated pictures for multimedia products
- Music videos/YouTube videos
With DP Animation Maker you can create seamless animations automatically.
Animatron is a free animation software that allows anyone, including kids to turn their ideas into cartoons.
You can use this app to draw, animate, and narrate different stories. It’s very easy to work with, and kids can use the Lite Mode where they can simply drag and drop various elements to create animated stories.
At the same time, parents can use Animatron as well since this tool is powerful enough to create complex animations. You can generate whiteboard-style animations with it.
You can use the tool online. There is no download required, but the only downside is the watermark.
Animatron is suitable for kids over 8 years old.
- Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other animation software, check out our wide collection of guides.
PowToon is an interesting online animation tool that’s easy to use even by children.
Although it was not initially developed as an animation tool for kids, it’s easy to use, making it perfect for kids and beginners.
First, you need to sign up in order to be able to use the tool. You can then select the type of animation that you want to insert and the project that you want to work on.
You can choose between Modern Age, Whiteboard animation, Cartoon, Infographic or Corporate animation.
Then you need to select the storyboard structure that best suits your needs/ your kid’s needs. A series of pre-built scenes are available and you can also customize them.
PowToon is perfect for various school assignments allowing your kids to create unique presentations.
The software is suitable for kids over 10 years old.
FlipBook is an animation software that’s very easy to use, and that lands it on our list.
This 2D animation tool lets your kids draw directly on the screen using a touch display and a stylus.
You can also add soundtracks and sync audio or do lip sync to match the dialog. Of course, this feature is suitable for older kids and teens.
Your kids can paint one frame at a time, or all of them at once if they want to finish the job faster.
Other features include:
- Zoom, rotate, and blur frames
- Import backgrounds, overlays and videos from other programs
- Export still images and movies and edit your creation in a third-party video editor
- Lite version for beginners
- Tutorials show your kids how to use the tool and get the most of it.
FlipBook is perfect for both absolute beginners and intermediate animation users.
ToonBoom’s Harmony software is a powerful animation software that’s suitable for intermediate users, older kids and teens, and of course graphics artists.
If your kid has some experience using animation tools, then maybe it’s time to step up the game and learn how to use Harmony.
There are a lot of free videos, webinars, and other great learning resources that your kid(s) can use to learn how to master this software.
Courses on Harmony are available for free and your kid can learn at his/her own pace, test their skills, and earn badges.
Harmony key features include:
- Ink, paint, rig and animate
- Sketch, draw, and paint
- Bitmap and vector tools are available for creating complex projects
- You can create hybrid animations by combining 3D imported models with 2D
- Apply effects and composite in 3D.
Go to ToonBoom’s official website to test Harmony.
For more information on the technical requirements to run the tool, check out this support page.
Muvizu is an easy and fun to use animation software. Anyone can create 3D scenes with this tool.
Muvizu has an unique character animation system that lets users choose from a series of predefined characteristics and forms and customize their animated characters.
The tool’s developers proudly stated that Muvizu is for everyone, from educators and students to animators and business people.
As you might have already guessed, the software is suitable for older kids and teens.
Muvizu key features include:
- Virtual lights, cameras and lots of special effects
- Automatic lip-synching for any given language
- Fast rendering
- You can share your animations on YouTube
The tool is available under two different versions:
- Muvizu Play that has a $80 price tag
- Muvizu Play+, which is a more complex version of the tool that’s free to evaluate.
Get Muvizu from the tool’s official website.
This brings us to the end of our list. All the animation software listed above are perfect for kids, older kids and teenagers. We’re sure that they’ll have a great time creating animation with these programs.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.