I've discovered a fun, random program Pivot Stick Figure animator. It allows you to create stick figure animations. It is easy to use and fun. It's located at: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/stickfigure.html
I tried animating one of the stories I made up that my daughter likes.
The basic plot is that Sagwa the cat (named after the PBS cat) goes out in the river and gets trapped. Sagwa blows her whistle for help. My daughter comes, finds a stick, and rescues the cat. (Unfortunately, being a toddler, she's decided she likes Sagwa and Snake better than this one I animated. )