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Create Your Own Educational Kid’s Show with 2D Animation

2danimationsoftwareBefore 3D animation started to rule our lives there was 2D. Two dimensional animation is the concept used to create all our favorite characters from popular kids movies. Animators use various programs to create moving, talking and life-like characters that are completely cartoons. This is not to be confused with the clay animation that is used by some animators. An example of clay animation is the characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas while traditional 2D animation is what we see in The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. You too can create your own educational kids movies with 2D animation software.

Design a Story Board

The first thing that you will want to do is come up with a story line. Children are generally interested in educational segments that are 15-20 minutes long. Start by deciding what type of lesson you want to teach your children. Because you are creating the story yourself, you will have the opportunity to create a specialized engaging experience for your child.

Once you have determined the story line, create a story board. This can be done a on computer or on an array of index cards or on a one large sheet of paper or poster board. This is where you will create scenes for the story. In each scene you want to outline the characters and what is happening. Remember that each scene should only be around 60-seconds, at the maximum.

You may also want to create mock sketches of the characters that you will be using in the movie on the story board.

Select a 2D Animation Software 

There are several different 2D Animation software programs to choose from. Some are more expensive than others and offer more features. You really want to decide how important this project is to you. If you are planning on just creating something now and then you might not want to spend $1000 on a program. However, if you plan to use your 2D animation program regularly to create other types of videos than just educational ones for your kids then you will want to invest in a better program.

You can read reviews of the various products at sites like 2DAnimationSoftwareGuide.com. Select the program that best fits your needs to get started. Remember that you may need to use a computer with a more powerful graphics card for this type of work. It could easily wear out a base model computer. 

Put it into Action

The last thing you want to do is put your idea into action. Follow the steps in the program you have selected to create your movie based on your story board. After you have created the characters and their animation you can apply voices to each one. If you are still new to the entire idea then you may want to use voice overs instead. This is where the voice narrates the actions on the screen. This is really a better choice for first-timers.

Creating your own animated movie is a fun but time-consuming process to start. You must realize that it will take time to get used to how the programs work and how to create exactly what you want with them. In no time you will have mastered the art of building 2D animated movies and create many entertaining experiences for your entire family.

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How to combine educational shows with entertainment?

EDUCATIONAL SHOWSResearch has shown that nowadays children spend a lot of their free time in front of the TV or their gadgets and laptops. From the age of 3, we now see kids with an iPhone, who understand and can navigate it better even than their grandparents. While this may be acceptable at the age of technology that we are experiencing, it can become alarming, due to the fact that especially the use of the Internet requires parental control. In the past decade we have seen various changes that the TV channels have undergone, from carefully choosing the broadcasting times, to showing clearly the age restrictions of shows. While you don’t want to separate your child from the reality and make them give up the TV and Internet access altogether, it is advised to limit it and to supervise what is watched. There are plenty of shows and movies that are highly educational and entertaining, that will keep the child interested.

Educational cartoons and kids’ shows

While there are many meaningless cartoons that are being showed on TV these days, there are also others that educate your children and are made specifically to teach certain concepts, rules and ideas. These can be either dedicated shows, or for example, like Sesame street – kids’ shows that are extremely popular and in a subtle, less evident way, they teach kids morals through various stories, concepts of life and death, as well as numbers, new words and relationships. By watching these series, children will learn and be engaged in fun activities and situations.

Science shows for kids

Science helps us understand how and why things work – from physics to biology and chemistry, something that kids might not find as fun when taught at school, science shows are an extremely fun way of teaching these concepts. There is a myriad of shows to choose from, including MythBusters, None of the Above, Cosmos, Naked Science, Nova and more. Not only will children gain knowledge, but they will also be interested in DIY and to carry out various experiments themselves.

Health shows 

Research has shown that children at a young age include mimicking and copying their parents’ behaviour in their development. We, as parents, give an example to our children, of what is right and what is wrong, of how to act, react and move. We are responsible for showing our children the best and the right things to do. An interesting way of showing your kids that taking care of their health is an important aspect of life is to get them used to regular physical exercise. Right now there are various fitness programs to choose from, from fun aerobics and zumba to relaxing pilates and yoga, you can choose the workout routine that suits you and your child best. An important aspect is choosing the right shoes, I used this guide to pick mine and hopefully it will be useful to you as well.

TV trivia and game shows

From game shows to TV trivia, there are various shows to watch with your children that will be a fun and exciting way to learn new things – you can follow players and try to find out the answer before they do. Some of these shows are Relative Insanity, The Singing Bee or the Iconic Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Documentaries

While reading a book about an adventure, exotic animals and the world at the depths of the sea might not be engaging to your child, watching a colourful, bright documentary about it will be highly appreciated and followed. You can tape various movies from National Geographic or Animal Planet to watch with your children later that will be fun and a great way of teaching them about natural sciences.

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