As parents, many of us want nothing more than to empower our kids to grow confidence and learn to assert control over the world around them. Sometimes that means letting your kid turn you and every object in your home into a silly puppet.
That's part of the appeal of "ChatterPix" and the cuter, more colorful "ChatterPix Kids," two apps from Duck Duck Moose my kids learned about in school. The apps allow you to use a smart phone to take a photo and then animate it by drawing a line on an object and recording a voice track. The line becomes a mouth and the audio becomes the stuff that comes out of a mouth, and you've never seen a kid happier than when they've taken a picture of a parent and added their own vocal track: "Go clean your room! I have to pay bills. Do you have homework? I'm a sillyface!"
Yes, it's simple and kind of crude, but the effect is surprisingly fun when used on appliances, pets or even line drawings, and both versions are free to download for iOS devices.
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