My twins have been asking to make stop motion videos for the past year. I know close to nothing about stop motion so it’s not something I’ve rushed to make a hobby for them.
They haven’t stopped asking though, bless their little hearts, so I finally caved, and well, the Multi-Colored Stikbots we were recently sent make it pretty darn easy to learn how to make stop motion videos so why not!
My son actually had several Stikbots already but never a set that included a green screen for filming stop motion videos. It sets up easy too so “Step 1: Backdrop” is checked off the list.
Set up a backdrop for making stop motion videos. Foam board, poster board, and sheets are all great options.
I told the twins mommy isn’t very good at stop motion videos so they could really only count on me to find them a movie maker app to use. The rest was going to be on them.
Download a Movie Maker App for stop motion videos like iMovie, Magisto, Toontasitc, or others.
We have an iPad Pro so iMovie is what my twins will be using to make their first stop motion video with Stikbots. They figured out their own story and what props they wanted in their movie. Knowing the attention span of their 6-year-old brains I encouraged them to keep it short, especially the first time around, so they could practice.
Figure out an easy storyline for your stop motion video and gather any props you will use like toys. Keep them out of the shot but in close enough range your child can easily grab them.
I gotta say, I love how easy and encouraging Stikbots are when it comes to entering the stop motion video world. They move easily for posing from scene to scene, come in all sorts of colors, styles, and there are even have pets!
Stikbot Central on YouTube has a wealth of information and ideas if your kids are wanting to jump into stop motion videos. I have a feeling my twins screen time will be all used up watching those videos this summer.
We also found some fun Stikbots Printables that are great for Stikbots Birthday Parties! There are Stikbots clothes you can print and cut for them to wear, printable Stik Bots coloring pages, and more!
Do your kids make stop motion videos? If they do and have a channel on YouTube, drop a link below so we can check them out!