I was recently introduced to Stikbots
by my eight-year-old son while we were shopping at the mall. Apparently, Stikbots are quite popular with kids in his age group and a few of his friends had them already.
As you can imagine, he jumped at the chance to review the Stikbot Zanimation Studio when it was sent to us to try.
Stikbots are small, easy-to-pose figures that you can use to create stop motion Stikbot Movies. The colourful Stikbot figures are built with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface.
You can use the free Stikbot Studio app to snap individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options. The free app is available on iOS and Android.
We received the animation studio pro
that comes with 2 Stikbots, 1 Stikbot pet, 1 tripod, 2 prop boxes (blue and green), and 1 green/blue screen stage. With the green screen, you can capture photos and videos and cut and edit footage while recreating different backgrounds digitally through the app.
The box recommends StikBots for ages four and up but I think they are best geared towards children a bit older than that. Creating stop motion requires a lot of patience, and steady hands and our five-year-old was still too young to be able to create a full animation on his own. On the other hand, our eight-year-old was excited to make a movie, and he took the time posing the Stikbots carefully to get them to move into the different positions with each photo.
Below is an example of the first scene our eight-year-old shot when he first tried the app:
At first, when trying the app for the first time we were not able to find the setting to pick the background when using the green/blue screen, so we ended up watching some tutorial videos to figure it out. I appreciate that they have some great tutorials with easy to follow explanations for children. The videos explain the basics of animation and how to use the app and the Stikbots to create movies. I highly recommend having your child watch the videos before they start making their animations.
In general, I think the Stikbots are great fun if you think your child has the patience to pose and carefully move the figures while taking the individual photos. I can see our eight-year-old working on elaborate animations and making up some very creative storylines so these are perfect for him.
For more information about Stikbots, you can visit their website HERE
Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Stikbot. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.