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Last Christmas I gave my oldest child (who was 7 at the time) a stop motion animation starter kit. It contained software that would teacher her how to take a long series of still shots of her toys that she could move slightly after every photo, with the end result being that her toys were moving on screen (think the video version of the books you flip through quickly to see drawings turn into animations). I really wasn’t sure if it would take off with her but it created an entirely new way for her to play with her beloved Beanie Boo stuffed animals. She has since spent many hours making these types of videos and I really love how creative she gets!
I want to encourage her to keep up her imaginative play through movie making so this Christmas she is going to be getting some #Stikbot products. Stikbot is a very popular stop motion toy company that offers some pretty incredible props and a really useful app for stop motion videos.
The app is called Zing Stikbot Studio and it’s completely free to download. My favorite thing about the app is that it allows you to use a green screen during filming and then turn that green screen into some pretty incredible backgrounds for your final product. Kids will absolutely LOVE it. This element in and of itself is already an upgrade over what my daughter is currently working with when she creates videos.
There are 2 sets she is getting this year. The first one contains a human #stikbot as well as a dog (so perfect for her) and it comes with a camera tripod which is also something she doesn’t own yet (she’s been taking photos with her ipad). The other product is the Farm Movie Set, which is actually designed to look like the summer season or autumn depending on how you set it up (which is brilliant design!). These accessories included in this kit are perfectly sized for the #stikbot figures and will add tremendously to the creative ideas for movies that my daughter can make.
I am so impressed with the very simple concept of #stikbot figures, combined with some advanced technology so that children can be makers and can create something to share with others during play time. I can’t wait to see what she will create with her new figures and accessories, and based on how much I have already seen her enjoying the world of stop motion, I will very highly recommend this. What a great way to encourage creativity!
#Stikbot products can be found at Amazon, Target and Toys R Us and are, in my opinion, very reasonably priced. Happy shopping!