Kerpoof provides an assortment of free backgrounds, characters, and templates for children to work with, such as Robot City, Rock Band, Fairy Tales, and Pet Land. Those using the free version may eventually feel limited by the selection (similar to sites like Club Penguin, additional features are available for paying members), but the existing variety is enough to get creative ideas flowing.
Options like “Make a Picture” and “Make a Card” are fun, but the real gem of Kerpoof is “Make a Movie”. Kids drag character and props into their scene, and then drag character methods, or behaviors, into the movie timeline and set the duration. This is a perfect setup for younger kids or those just starting to work with animation; it provides enough control that the child has to learn the logic of working with a timeline, but avoids the repetition of building every individual frame.
Keep in mind, Kerpoof’s limited functions make for very basic animation. But it’s fun and easy enough that kids can create a cute little movie in an afternoon.