Here is a list of best free animation software for kids for Windows. These are simple animation software which are more suitable for kids than other standard animation software. Using these, kids can create simple hand drawn and in some cases, stickman animations. In order to create an animation, the basic part is drawing animation frames. Kids can draw individual frames just the way they draw on paper in real life. These software provide drawing tools like Paint tool, Brush, Paint Bucket, Color Palette, Selection Tool, Eraser, etc. After that, by joining frames in a synchronous manner, they can complete the animation. To convert frames to a complete animation, tools like Timeline, Add Frame, Add Key, Play, Loop, Frame Rate Changer, etc. are available.
Some animation software are specially designed to create stick animations. In stick animation software, you get default stickman figure along with shape figures with various movement points. You can easily change the shape of any figure using its movement points to make a slight variation between the figures of adjacent frames. Overall, these software are ideal for kids who want to learn the basics of animation making.
My Favorite Animation Software For Kids:
Pencil 2D is my favorite software because it is an easy and intuitive software for kids to make animations. Plus, it has all essential animation and frame drawing tools.
You can also check out lists of best free 2D Animation, 3D Animation, and Stick Figure Animation software for Windows.
Pencil 2D is a free open source animation software for kids. Using this software, kids can easily create hand-drawn 2D animations. The process of making an animation only consists of two steps. The first step is to draw each frame of the animation one by one by using available drawing tools. In the second step, you need to convert individual frames to animation by using timeline, specifying frame rate, etc.
In order to draw individual frames, this software provides tools like Tools panel (it has tools like Pencil, Paint Bucket, Brush, Pen, Eraser, etc.), Color Wheel (to select different shades of a color), Color Palette (it has some commonly used colors, but you can edit the palette like you want), etc. After drawing a frame, go to the Animation menu and add more frames and draw on each frame to show the continuation. To retain the common part of the previous frame to next frame, you can use its Duplicate Frame option. After the completion of all frames, you can easily play them as animation by pressing the Play button. Some other handy features to play and preview the animation are Loop, Frame Rate Changer, Next/Previous buttons (to move to next or previous frames), etc.
Once the animation gets completed, you can easily save the animation as MP4, AVI, GIF, and as PNG image sequence.
This software is suitable for kids to learn animation making as it is extremely easy to use. Kids can easily draw frames using painting tools and make their own animations.
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TupiTube Desk is another free animation software for kids. It is a beautifully designed software using which kids can create a 2D animation. In this software, kids can manually draw a whole frame of the animation from the scratch using standard tools like Pencil, Brush, Shapes, Internal fill, etc. Kids can also use its simple Frame Properties to add images and components to the frames.
Making animations is quite easy in this software. To do that, kids just need to add each frame in a synchronous manner using the Timeline. From Timeline, they can also adjust Frame rates of the animation. The final animation created through this software can easily be exported as Image Sequence (PNG, JPEG, and SVG) and as Video (MP4, AVI, WEBM, and QuickTime).
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Storyboarder is next free open source animation software for kids. It is used to express ideas by drawing a rough animated story frame by frame. Using it, kids can design a sketch, 2D animation, colorful motion scene, etc.
This software provides all essential frame drawing tools on its interface namely, drawing tools (pencil, brush, etc.), grid lines (center guide, grid guide, etc.), sketch pane (drawing area), metadata pane (to change the frame rate and to add dialogue), and board drawer (to add frames).
To create an animation, first, select a drawing tool and draw on the initial frame or board. After that, add grid lines and colors from their respective tools sections, if necessary. Now, add more frames from the board drawer to create a complete scene. Once done, press the play button to play all the created frames like a motion picture. The frame rate of the animation can be adjusted from the metadata pane by manually entering the time duration between each frame. The final animation can be saved and exported as Video (MP4), GIF, Final Cut Pro X project, Adobe Premiere Project, etc.
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EasyToon is yet another free animation software for kids. As the name only suggests, it is an easy to use animation making software which is suitable for kids. In this software, kids can create simple animated GIFs. Like other similar software, it also lets kids draw individual frames that later can be joined to give the illusion of the animation. All essential tools to draw a frame is available on the toolbar of this software, such as Pen, Filling, Line, Polyline, Parallel Lines, Rectangle, Filled Rectangle, Ellipse, and more.
Use available tools to create a frame and then go to the Frame menu and press next frame button to add new empty frame. Similarly, you can add and draw on each newly added frame. When you add a new frame, you can still view the shadow of the previous frame that really helps in drawing over the common part of the previous animation. After making the animation, you can adjust the duration of each frame from the Duration option. Now, you can preview the animation by pressing the green Play button. At last, you can save the animation as Easytoon project file or export animation as GIF.
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Stykz is a completely free animation software for kids through which they can easily create stick animations. In this software, you get a default Stickman figure with various movement points to show different hand movement, body posture, head movement, etc. Along with stickman, figures such as Circle, Line, Square, etc. are also present that you can add from its Figure tab. Similar to stickman, movement points are available in each figure to change the shape of the figures.
How to create stickman animation using Stykz:
- First, add all the figures that you want in your animation from the Figures menu.
- After that, shape all the figures along with stickman from their movement points to create the first frame of the animation.
- Now, add next frame by pressing the Next Frame button and make slight changes on the movements of added figures to show the continuation. Similarly, repeat this step until all frames of the animation get completed.
- After the completion of all frames, use its Controller Window to change the speed of animation, to make animation run in a loop, and to preview the animation.
The animation created in this software can be saved as Video (MOV) and Animated GIF formats. Plus, individual frames of animation can also be saved as PNG, JPG, and GIF formats. Home Page Download Page
Pivot is a free and portable animation software for kids. This software is used to create simple stickman animations. It is simple to use, but it is also very limited as it only contains stickman figure. You can add multiple exactly same stickman figures to the frame but lack of other types of figures (circle, rectangle, etc.) is the main drawback of this software.
How to make simple stickman animation using Pivot:’
- First, add one or more stickman figures to the interface by pressing the Add figure button.
- Now, set hand movement, body posture, leg position, etc. of stickman figure using their movement points.
- After that, press Next Frame button and again set the body movement of the stickman figures to show continuation. You can add as many frames you want to add to create your animation.
- Now, use the Frame rate slider to increase and decrease the speed of animation and click on the Play button to preview the animation.
In this software, you can make some other changes in animation like changing the color of the stick man, adding a background on the animation, changing the opacity of the figure, etc. After all the changes, you can save the animation as Animated GIF and as WMV video format. Plus, it also lets you save the individual frames of the animation as GIF, PNG, BMP, etc. image formats. Home Page Download Page
Stickman Animation is the next free animation software for kids. It is a web-based animation software that requires a web browser to work. It is also completely portable and you can use it on the go without installing it on a system.
As its name implies, it is used to create stick animations. However, it doesn’t provide you any prebuilt stick figures. So, first, you need to create stick figures using its shape tools like dot, line, circle, semi-circle, node, etc. Kids can easily create stick figures as all the shapes have movement points to convert shapes into stick figures. After making stick figures, you can add the next frame by pressing the plus button. In the next frame, make stick figure again like the first frame but with a slight variation to show motion. Follow the previous steps until all frames get completed. Now, go to its Settings Menu to change frame rate, intermediate steps between frames, node size, number of ghost images, etc. After all the changes, press the play button to preview the animation or save the animation as the animated GIF file. Home Page Download Page