Codeable Crafts

Animate stories with accessible drawing tools and coding blocks

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Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad

Pros: Easy-to-use tools make creating simple animations a snap.

Cons: A small set of tools means drawing and coding options might feel limited, and there's not much in-app help.

Bottom Line: Kids get a simple peek at computer programming principles by animating stories using their own creations.

Kids can use Codeable Crafts to create simple animated stories. Give kids a general theme (for example, what did you do over the summer break?) and let them use their imaginations to create stories on that theme. Talk about storytelling, such as following a story arc and introducing characters. Kids can work on their language and verbal skills as they narrate their story. Save the stories and show them to the class. For a tech or computer class, Codeable Crafts can be a starter app for introducing programming. Carefully explain and explore what each coding block does, perhaps even doing some offscreen practice with pretend blocks and people following the coding directions! Also, give kids lots of room to experiment on their own. 

Codeable Crafts is a clever reworking of introductory coding, combining simple crafting (coloring, stickers, cut-out shapes) with visual block-based coding to get kids making animations and telling stories. It begins with a brief tutorial overview showing kids how to decorate and animate charming animal templates. Then, kids choose from My Sketchbook or My Storybook to start creating. Kids color and affix stickers to the templates in the sketchbook or a picture they've taken, and select finished creatures to star in animated stories in the storybook. Then they choose from a small set of basic coding blocks to create sound, movement, and text. They put the blocks together like puzzle pieces and tap play to watch the finished story. If the device supports sharing, kids can send via email or Airdrop.

The best thing about Codeable Crafts is how easy it is to create a short, simple, animated story with characters they create. Kids design their characters from a nice set of whimsical geometric animal templates. it's also great fun to create new characters by taking photos of any object kids find around them. The drawing tools make it easy for kids to to erase the background of the photo and decorate the new object with colors and stickers.

Codeable Crafts also gives young kids a good introduction to programming, but there are a few downsides. For example, drawing tools are super basic, limited only to a handful of colored crayons and random stickers. It's a bit frustrating that once kids save a character they can't return to the drawing board to edit. App navigation can also be frustrating, as buttons are sometimes barely visible at the borders of the screen. There's also very little built-in explanation of what the coding blocks do. Tapping on each block brings up a text box label, but considering the target age range, not all users are reading yet. For the most part, kids must rely on experimentation and learn by trial and error which is great for some kids but might frustrate others. Finally, kids with visual impairments will have a hard time without a screen reader. Yet overall, this is an appealing and accessible tool for creating simple animated stories or learning computer programming basics.

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Kids can skim the surface or dig deep as they color, animate, and create their own animal characters and stories. Simple tools get kids engaged with little effort.


Drawing templates and coding blocks give kids a bit of structure from which to experiment. The tools are a bit basic, and there's some trial and error required.


A brief tutorial video demonstrates everything the app can do, sample stories provide inspiration, and labels explain most of what the coding blocks do, but there's little in-app help.

Community Rating

Intro to coding made fun!

I think it can be an effective teaching tool for those with no coding experience at all. It is very simple, and that being said relatively limited. For beginners, it appears to be really fun and engaging, however, it also seems like a game that could get boring for its simplicity and easiness once students become more experienced coders. I like that it promotes creativity as students can design their own characters through drawing, coloring, etc. I also like the simplicity of the design of how you drag the pieces down to add them to the code. Watching the code in action would be fun for the students as they get to see their creations combined with their codes tell a story. It is great for getting those interested in coding because of the creative expression. However, it is not something that I think students would remain engaged with after playing it for a while due to its simplicity. It is definitely something to catch students' attention and convince them to try, which for learning code is a great start!

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