Ish! Children’s Book Author Peter Reynolds Creates Animation Software
A Mom Friend sent me this from The Daily Grommet. I only knew Peter Reynolds as a picture book author and illustrator and had no idea he also developed software, but I am such a fan of his books, that I’ll follow him anywhere!
This Animation Software for children looks great for a rain-or-snow day, especially the kind when the kids are home all day. A 15-day trial is free, so I am biding my time for when we get our first snow day — lots of snow in New England but only sticking on holidays and weekends!– and then I’ll let the kids play with it to decide if it’s worth $60 for us to purchase. My oldest is an artist so I am inclined to get it! What do you think? Have you tried this yet? Are there other “arty” software programs that you love for your kids? Thanks for sharing as a comment!
From Daily Grommet:
Get Creative, Be Happy
If kids are part of your life, you probably already know the work of Peter H. Reynolds. Peter’s simple, charming books — Ish, The Dot, and Someday – encourage kids to be creative by teaching that what they make, “doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect-ish.” His books are bestsellers and a favorite among kids, parents, and teachers alike.
Peter’s talent isn’t confined to the written word. He and his twin brother, Paul, co-own an educational software company called FableVision. Their most recent creation? A program called Animation-ish.
The program allows kids to indulge in “screen time” in a safe and fun way. (No advertisements or violent content – hooray!) The easy-to-use software lets kids make their own animated movies, greeting cards, websites, and presentations. The program is available to download, so you can buy it on a rainy day and get designing before the chorus of “I’m bored” reaches a deafening roar.
The program is packed full of more than 50 video tutorials and quick tips. Our 10-year-old tester was up and running in minutes – allowing mom some time for her own creative pursuits.
Cool Software + Happy Kids = Something Close to Perfect-ish. And that’s plenty good enough.
— Emily C.
What is it?
- Easy animation software download for Mac or Windows
- Requires Internet connection
- Free demo to try before you buy
Three levels for learning:
- – Wiggledoodle-ish – Draw, trace, and animate with 3 frames
- – Flipbook-ish – Create animation using infinite frames and higher level tool sets
- – Advanced-ish – A mover tool allows for more complex animations with foregrounds and backgrounds
Over 50 “Inspire me” video clips
- Project Vault with drawings and starter ideas
- A drawing tablet is not required but Fablevision recommends exploring Wacom entry-level drawing tablets for increased flexibility in your drawings
For a 15 day free trial, click here. It’s $60 for home use.