Apps for Kids 048: Stop Motion Studio (plus Minecraft Contest Winner)

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we review Stop Motion Studio, a free iPhone app that makes it easy to create your own stop-motion animated movies. We also present the winner of our Minecraft contest. The winner is 10-year-old Ruby Schweitzer, who created an entire village she calls Klenmeere Woods. See photos of her creation below. Ruby and her dad will be guests on an upcoming issue of Apps for Kids, and Ruby will get a $10 iTunes gift card.

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Here's the winner of our Minecraft Contest!

My name is Ruby Schweitzer and I'm from Cary, North Carolina. I am 10 years old. I have designed a town which I call Klenmeere Woods. The photos in this email are screenshots of different interesting parts of my village.

This is what each photo is a picture of:

1: The Rainbow Bridge, a monument surrounded by a glass wall, with a door for observers.

2: The Rainbow Pyramid, another monument. It's the main statue of the town and is sort of the first thing you see when you look around.

3: A close-up of the Rainbow Pyramid. The steps were inspired by the Lincoln Memorial.

4: House number 100. This is the first house I built in Klenmeere Woods.

5: The inside of house number 100. Notice the furnace under the steps to save space.

6: The inside of house number 100. Notice the closet under the steps.

7: The inside of house 100 (view from the steps). The steps lead to the roof, where there's an outdoor bookshelf and furnace.

8: The post office. The glass roof is to add sunshine.

9: The apartment buildings. Each apartment has access to the courtyard on the roof.

10: The apartment buildings (again).

11: The waterfall in town square. (I made this by stacking two bricks and pouring a bucket of water over the top.)

12: The Town Bulletin (where everyone posts notices about sales and events.) One citizen is advertising cheap candy for Halloween!

13: The tree house. This is simply made by building a tree-shaped house and putting furniture in it.

14: The glasses. This is a monument built to look like my own red glasses. It is big enough for a Minecraft person to climb on.

15: A side view of the glasses.

16: A view of the whole town from the air. As you can see, the Rainbow Pyramid and the Rainbow Bridge are pretty dominating.

So this is Klenmeere Woods. It's not so big now, but that's because I just started.