In the five months since we introduced you to the coolness otherwise known as the Shadow Puppet app, which lets kids create their own voiced-over slideshows, an updated, upgraded version has already launched. And version 2.0 has definitely turned up the dial on the fun-o-meter. And that says a lot considering that Liz featured it among her favorite apps for kids on the TODAY Show recently.
To bring you up to speed: the original Shadow Puppet app allowed your kids to make photo montages from pics pulled from the camera roll, then add their own voice narration to the slideshow. Not unlike an ultra-mini Ken Burns documentary. Only definitely not 13 hours long in 6 parts.
Shadow Puppet Version 2.0 (actually, it’s 2.0.2 — so, even better, right?) brings video, animated GIFs and pics from the web into the mix too, instead of just your still images. And kids can now add a soundtrack to their masterpiece, even grabbing music from your iTunes library. Plus, there are some fun overlay emoji stickers like stars, hearts, and paint balls that may not be our cup of tea for Oscar-worthy film editing, but kids will love drawing them on the screen, and using the new text tool to add titles to their mini movie.
Your child can still interact with the photos by panning, zooming, or swiping from page to page while recording. Then, when the storytelling adventure is complete, the video is automatically saved to your camera roll for easy sharing to Instagram, Vimeo or YouTube.
Not that your seven-year-old has an Instagram account. Right?
Just think of the possibilities for the tech-happy kid: personalized photo greeting cards, next-level show and tell projects, digital scrapbooks, impressive travel journals, or the ability to share their Minecraft worlds. And we haven’t even begun to discuss all the ways that we grown-folks can get in on the fun, too.
Peace out, drab Powerpoint presentations. Shadow Puppet’s taking over.
Shadow Puppet is a free iOS app available for download on iTunes.