Stop Motion Animation

Primary Progression


Simple jointed figures (Playmobile Lego etc) to plasticine models on a wire frame

Simple single scene to storyboarded complex multi scene production

Simple background to hand created interactive background

Stop motion on its own or combined with green screen or video work

Most Useful Problem Solving Attitudes for Stop Motion Animation

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Problem solving cards can be found here

Great Software in Primary Education

Lego Movie Creator on iPad (Although Lego seems to have dropped this)

I can animate on the iPad

Teaching Hints

Lighting can make a big difference to a project. Simple clip on lights can be used to solve this really easily.

Communication between the team is crucial to avoid hands in the animation. Also a division of jobs between iPad operator and set dressers helps.

Planning makes a massive difference. Simple story-boarding using stick people figures works well.

A single session of experimentation outside the longer term project helps pupils who are new to the technology to discover the pitfalls.

Evaluate early efforts as a class to draw out key issues such as hands in the animation, lighting issues or movements being too large.

Dressing up jointed figures with simple cloth and string allows a wide range of historical events to be acted out.