Learning in the Making: Stop Motion Animation

Looking for something fun to make at home? Maker Ed’s “Learning in the Making: Live!” is a series of collected and curated resources around a topic for educators, families, and youth. We’re excited to share an episode about stop motion animation with BASF! In every episode, we are focusing on making with materials you have around the house. Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Ever wonder how your favorite cartoon characters come to life? It is done through the process of animation. Stop motion is one style of animation, and it’s really simple! Instead of drawings, artists use objects to create their illustrations. For this episode, our guest host Bárbara Yarza will teach us the basic principles of stop motion animation as we explore our stories of self.

Follow along with us as we stream how to create an animation in two different ways.

To make your own animation, you will need:

  • Craft dowel (pencil, skewers, straw, wooden dowel)
  • Post-its or stack of index cards
  • Drawing utensils (pencil, pen, markers, colors)
  • Camera (or a phone — any device that takes pictures works)
  • Computer or tablet
  • Objects or materials that have meaning to you
  • Backdrop (paper, table, craft paper — any surface works)

Want to try making an animation with a smartphone? If you have an android phone check out PicPac, iPhone or iPad try LEGO Movie Maker.


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Guía del Proyecto Stop-Motion (Esp)
Stop Motion Project Guide (Eng)
Get inspired by this YouTube playlist of stop motion films by and for kids.
Build your own animation station with this guide.
Don’t have a camera, computer or tablet? Create a flipbook using this Scholastic guide.

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Maker Ed is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. Through its support of educators and communities, Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in both broadening access to and deepening the impact of meaningful making and learning experiences for youth.