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KidsMotion for Mac App Review

While the more old-fashioned forms of entertainment seem to alienate kids more and more these days in favour of their Xbox, the very young still have an eye for the simpler things in life. Before children get old enough to drop everything in favour of videogames (I believe I was 6 when it happened) they are perfectly happy to use their own imagination and get creative. Give them paper, scissors, paste, construction paper, glitter and anything else that sparkles or generally looks pretty to them and they will be happy to throw it all together and see what happens. Of course, there will inevitably be a mess left over that they probably won’t clear up for you but it’s a small price to pay to see them doing something constructive.

However even old-fashioned activities like that tend to be given a digital makeover these days and this very activity is no exception. If you don’t have the various materials handy or simply have no desire to clean up after your kids, there is an application for the Mac that will let them unleash their creative side in a digital environment. KidsMotion is available now from the Mac App Store for $24.99.

KidsMotion offers a similar activity but in a much more advanced way that lets children effectively build a collage on your Mac. But rather than scissors and paper, they can incorporate all kinds of media, such as music and videos, in order to create a slideshow. Several apps offer this kind of activity but this is a rather simple version, not that that harms it in any way. It simply means the interface is designed with young children in mind so that they can navigate it easily and piece together a presentation without too much fuss.

While you can start from scratch, there are fifty templates to choose from to get you started and they cover a large range of themes, such as cartoons and sports. Once you select one you can get to work on it, although you can easily swap it out for another one if you change your mind at any point. If multiple slides are created then there are various animated transitions to choose from to keep things interesting and the whole process of creating a presentation is not just easy and accessible but also, vitally, fun.

Since this is an application for kids it has been designed accordingly and the result is a visually appealing program that is incredibly easy to use. The interface features clear, intuitive controls and editing each slide is a painless experience that your kids should get the hang of in no time. Media can be added from your libraries easily too as all it takes is dragging it from one window to another before the editing tools integrate it in. once the slideshow is complete it can be exported in a variety of formats or uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. KidsMotion is a great way to keep your children entertained, as well as help them get a feel for creative computing, which may come in handy later on.

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