UPDATE: Sadly, Kerpoof has closed its doors.
What is Kerpoof?
The answer to that is not so simple. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Here are just a few ways that you can use Kerpoof:
Make artwork (even if you aren't good at drawing!)
Make an animated movie (really! it's easy!)
Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
Tell a story
Make a drawing
Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made
You don't have to register to use this Disney site, but there are advantages to doing so. Some parents may not like the fact that kids can earn Kerpoof Koins while they play; others will be fine with that. The more art that kids create, and the more they share it, the more koins they earn. There is also an option of paying to get extra features.
It has helpful ideas for teachers, also useful to parents. Parents can read about features like safety and standards at the For Parents page.
Kids can make cards, draw, make movies, make pictures and tell stories. I liked the fact that there are tutorials on how to make a movie and make a picture - a perfect opportunity for kids to practise following directions so they can find out what's going on. They can save many creations to their own computers. But best of all there are so many ways for kids to express themselves creatively, and have heaps of fun at the same time.
Super Doodle is a great place to draw. It's a large white canvas, with uncluttered icon menus at the sides. There's an adjustable pen with nice control, colour filler, and the ability to save the picture to your computer, email it or print it out. Best of all, there's a text function, and it seems to allow room for lots of text, so this is a great place for kids to combine a story with their image. There's also a make a picture studio, where you choose a background, and combine images and text to make a cartoon. You can also add a doodle you create to a picture.
Storybook is my favourite activity. There are five themes. Kids can choose from Fantasy, Winter Tales, Aliens, Pirates and Rock Party. They choose from art work of several characters, props and settings, and can add text underneath the picture they create on each page. Clicking the jpeg icon at any time saves work to your computer. You can also take a snapshot of your working page the way I did above. Don't you agree kids would love Storybook?
I love these websites that encourage kids to be creative and express themselves. Why not check out Kerpoof with your youngsters soon?
If you're interested in other places for children to create stories online, check out my article, Sharing Stories Using Online Editors or try the Label, Online Story Editors for more ideas. If you have plenty of time, there are 53 (!) articles at The Book Chook with the Label, Encouraging Kids to Write.
Image and text "Used With the Permission of Disney/Kerpoof."