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Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners
While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it’s mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We’re lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them. However, we’ve had a few mornings filled with creative projects and this stop motion animation project is a winner. If you’re looking for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project, this is for YOU! For the uninitiated, stop motion animation is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. Think Gumby or Wallace and Gromit. To make it work, you place an object in front of a camera and snap a photo. While my older daughter, age six, really flew with this project, her little sister who’s just two months shy of four also got in on the stop motion animation action. From three-year old R…

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