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Storytelling is a tried-and-true way of sparking creativity and building an understanding of story elements such as set-up, conflict, challenge, climax and resolution.
With Toontastic, kids are presented a detailed explanation of what makes a good story using a step-by-step guide to create something all children love—cartoons! Using the short descriptions of Story Arc events, little producers are directed through the app's features in an intuitive manner; no parental involvement required. Choosing from pre-made scenes and characters—or using simple paint tools to create their own—kids control everything in their story, from scene and animation to music and sounds. Children can record their voices to give life to their animated stars, and choose fitting theme music for each action that occurs in their movie. Once the small screen gem is complete, upload it to ToonTube (with parental permission) or browse others' films for inspiration.
Kids will be so engrossed in the storytelling and movie-making processes, most won't realize that they're building a basic knowledge of story elements, which is critical for reading comprehension skills. Bonus? The app itself is free—but offers in-app purchases for budding Spielbergs who can't get enough of controlling the storytelling process.
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