5 Best Animation Apps to use in the Classroom and at home

Children animation is one of the most exciting advances in education technology, allowing children the opportunity to be endlessly creative in designing their own comic strips, movies and more. Whether it’s using stop-motion animation to create amazing stories or simply a pen and paper, animation is a fantastic way to liven up the classroom and is guaranteed to be a big hit with young and older children alike.

With the advent of this plethora of great apps, art and drawing are no longer only for the art class – they can be brought to bear on almost any subject and can be particularly useful for lightening otherwise dry topic material. You can make a cartoon or an animation out of any topic, from creating your own animated version of a Shakespeare play to a virtual model of ionic and covalent chemical bonding!

LEGO® Movie Maker

LEGO Movie Maker introduces students to a suite of tools that professional stop-motion animators use, and, with the right context and guidance, it might inspire them to think creatively about how they tell stories and present information in this distinctive medium.

Download: iOS


Toontastic is a powerful and engaging tool for digital storytelling and provides kids with a set of digital tools to create their own cartoons. It's visually appealing, has great in-app support and sharing features, and relies on self-created animation and narration to tell stories. Toontastic provides a stunningly easy way by how it makes the complicated process of creating an animated short movie so simple.  

Download: iOS

Animoto Video Maker

Animoto lets you quickly and easily combine text, images, and videos into beautiful videos. Students learn how to create video slideshows by organizing multimedia into creative digital storytelling.  The app offers over 50 different video styles, hundreds of songs in a built-in music library and the ability to share via popular social media platforms.

Download: Android | iOS

Animation Desk™

Animation Desk is a lovely app for creating self-drawn cartoons and animations and is available for free on both Android and iOS. The app is wonderfully engaging and really unlocks the creativity of the user. As such it has uses across the whole curriculum; ICT, Art, English and other subjects too.

Download: Android | iOS

Puppet Pals HD

Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass is an easy to use cartoon creator app that allows you to create your own animations using a variety of themes and characters. Puppet Pals HD allows you to create an endless array of animations and can be used in most lessons. The app can really help to develop children's imagination skills as well as teaching them how to sequence, explore narrative, character, plot, voice projection, expression and unleash their creative skills. The only real limitation is the users imagination. 

Download: iOS

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