We LOVE the Zu3D Animation Kit – Review & Giveaway!

We LOVE the Zu3D Animation Kit – Review & Giveaway!

We love the Zu3D Animation Kit – now you can be in with a chance to win one too! See further down for how to enter!

We were really lucky to be sent the fabulous Zu3D Animation Kit last month. It came at the perfect time if I’m honest. We arrived home from our little break to find it had been delivered and was ready and waiting for us.

The children had really been looking forward to trying this kitout. My eldest has previously had a stop-motion kit and had so much fun but the one he had was quite limited. I showed him the Zu3D kit online and he was really excited! He had loads of ideas about the type of movie he wanted to make.

What is stop-motion?

Stop-motion is a filming technique that’s used to make static figures appear as if they’re moving. The appearance of movement is made by repeatedly capturing images and moving the characters slightly in between each frame. The frames are then pieced together, sound can be added, and the movie is complete!

It actually takes quite a lot of frames to make up just one second of movement.

The Zu3D Animation Kit

The Zu3D Animation Kit is geared up perfectly for kids. The instructions in the Animation Handbook are really bright and easy to follow and my 10 year-old had no trouble getting started & showing us how to get started. The set includes a quick “Getting Started” sheet (very helpful!), an Animation Handbook, Zu3D software, webcam, green screen, background and coloured plasticine.

The kids both had different ideas on what they wanted to do, so we decided they’d both do their own stop-motion movies. Little Miss wanted to stick broadly to the ideas given in the instruction manual and put her own spin on it. She loved the penguin they made and promptly made her own using the plasticine included.

Capturing frames

Admittedly she had a little trouble creating it but she persevered and she was really happy with her “Penny the Penguin”.

She also created a duck and her Dad mucked in and made Morph too. Little Miss’s film is still a work in progress, but so far Penny the Penguin has met Darcy Duck and Morph, she’s managed to move them across the screen using the captured frames and they’ve sat down for a chat together. I think she’s got hours of fun ahead of her finishing this off!

Big Man wanted to use lego characters for his masterpiece. He wanted to create a news report with a bit of humour added in! He’s added a lot more detail than his younger sister with a moving opening and he’s also made his own background! The opening frames are fantastic and he figured out how to do this all on his own! The words move across the screen from the top left-hand corner and bounce around the screen before finishing in the centre and fading into his news report. It’s fab!

His news report was all about a burglar that was on the run. He added lots of funny touches with the burglar poking his head in front of the camera and seeming to go un-noticed by the reporter. It was very funny to watch and lovely to see him using his imagination. At his age, it’s often difficult to get him to just play but this really encouraged him. He also let his younger sister join in with the voice-over and it was so nice to watch them working together and giggling away!

So, if you’d like to get a kit of your own (maybe stash it away for Christmas or a birthday), you can find them hereor, you can enter to win a free kit below!

Competition!

Now you can enter to win a Zu3D Animation Kit of your own! Simply enter the competition via Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced in the first week of October! UK entries only. No cash alternative will be offered. Good luck!

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47 Comments

  1. Michaela Campbell
    September 9, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    This looks like great fun! Would go down well as an xmas gift for the kids

  2. iain maciver
    September 9, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    amazing giveaway

  3. Rebecca Brown
    September 9, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Sounds like your kids have gotten really creative with it too 🙂

  4. Ren Taylor
    September 9, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    another great give away thanks for the chance x

  5. stuart hargreaves
    September 9, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    another quality give away thanks very much

  6. Chris Andrews
    September 9, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    this looks a lot of fun . . . andeducational too

  7. Tracy Nixon
    September 9, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Great giveaway thank you!

  8. Kim Neville
    September 9, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    My son would enjoy making and creating this as something different

  9. amy bondoc
    September 9, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    this looks fun im sure my nephew would love this x

  10. CAROLYN HEYWORTH
    September 9, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Wonderful prize for kids, spark their imagination

  11. Danielle Spencer
    September 9, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Fantastic idea and kit, great for any one.

  12. jo liddement
    September 9, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    My son joined an after school animation club at his primary school this year and loved it so this would be very enjoyable to try at home.

  13. S Edwards
    September 9, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    fabulous prize xx

  14. Karen Usher
    September 9, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I saw these at the ideal home show and the line up to have a turn on one was too long! Technology is so amazing! Def something added to the childrens xmas list!

  15. Adrienne McGroder
    September 9, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I have always wanted to try this! My sons would love it too – fingers crossed we are the lucky winners! xx

  16. Graham Ross
    September 9, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    What a fab prize to win

  17. Angela Treadway
    September 9, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Yes please! X

  18. Leila Benhamida
    September 9, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I can see my son having hours of fun. Wonderful prize.🍀

  19. Maggie Ali
    September 9, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    great giveaway! fingers crossed

  20. ElizM
    September 9, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    wow. This looks great fun!

  21. fiona waterworth
    September 9, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    what an easy to use piece of kit

  22. September 10, 2017 / 8:12 am

    This is a fab prize, good luck everyone!

  23. Solange
    September 10, 2017 / 8:38 am

    This looks like great fun.

  24. claire woods
    September 10, 2017 / 10:45 am

    My son would love this.

  25. Lucy B
    September 10, 2017 / 11:38 am

    lovely prize xx

  26. Lorna Roberts
    September 10, 2017 / 11:57 am

    If I won, I’d give mine to my local primary school.

  27. Karl Foxley
    September 10, 2017 / 11:57 am

    My daughter, nieces and nephew would love this, it look so fun and something even I would put some time into having a go with

  28. Sarah Mackay
    September 10, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    This looks brilliant

  29. Martina Pichova
    September 10, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Great idea to keep my son busy!

  30. Teresa Lee
    September 10, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Looks great….Thanks

  31. john prendergast
    September 11, 2017 / 12:30 am

    This looks cool

  32. Ruth Harwood
    September 11, 2017 / 9:10 am

    this looks awesome, fingers crossed xx

  33. Helen Tovell
    September 11, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Lovely giveaway thank you perfect for the up coming longer dark evenings

  34. Niki Marie Wardle
    September 11, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Wow I can imagine my 9 year old twins being facinated by this for hours, I think I’d have a play with it to, its a brilliant idea!

  35. Jo Carroll
    September 11, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    An amazingly fun way to get into animation.

  36. Maria Blythin
    September 11, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    thanks for such a lovely giveaway x

  37. Ron Goodwin
    September 13, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Nice piece of kit, interesting, thank you.

  38. laura milton
    September 13, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    This looks so much fun and great for using their imaginations <3

  39. Becky Yeomans
    September 16, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Looks fantastic!

  40. Clare Munden
    September 16, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    How cool is this!!

  41. Jeanette Leighton
    September 16, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Love to win this great prize

  42. Stacie Copp
    September 18, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    What an amazing prize! Never seen anything like this it looks so easy and simple to use unlike the other programs for animation which is FAR to complicated!

  43. Claire W
    September 19, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Wow this would be amazing thank you for the chance!

  44. Rich Tyler
    September 21, 2017 / 1:02 am

    So cool, count me IN!

  45. MANDY DOHERTY
    September 21, 2017 / 9:01 am

    My grandson and his dad would have hours of fun with this

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