Exploring Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion

Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

sponsored postExplore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

Have you ever tried making a stop motion video with your kids? It’s crazy fun and Jack is just bonkers mad for them at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago, after a lot of consideration (probably too much), I decided to buy an iPad. I just wanted to be really sure that an iPad could enhance Jack (6.5yrs) and Sarah’s (4.5yrs) learning rather than replace things we were already doing – like reading books and playing games – with a digital version.

I read a lot of blog posts and made a list of different apps which I thought could enhance our homeschool (see, told you, too much consideration) and eventually, I thought the purchased could be justified.
Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday StoryStop motion video was at the top of the list. I knew the kids would love it. They took to it straight away and Jack in particular, has really run with it. His creativity has soared to a new level. It’s so fantastic to watch.

I started with a very simple provocation using the shape pieces from our Spielgaben set, an inspiration card and the Stop Motion Studio app for iPad.

You can not imagine the response from Jack the first time he saw our first stop motion video come together. The joy was overwhelming! His body just could not contain it. Jack has been making stop motion videos every day since!
Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

Setting up a Provocation to Explore Stop Motion Video

I can honestly say that this provocation has been the most fun by far! For the initial provocation, I chose a simple inspiration card (the tulip) along with the pieces needed to make the flower and placed them invitingly on a tray with the iPad.

During our self-directed exploration time, this, not surprisingly, was the first activity the kids chose. We had a very sophisticated set up of a large cork board for a background, a small chair and some large unit blocks to hold the iPad – simple, but effective.

Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story Explore Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion Video and Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

Here’s Jack and Sarah’s first stop motion videos. I hope you love them as much as they do 🙂 I’ve added the links for all you lovely people reading from your email.

Video #1: Tulip Flower

Video #2: Vase of Flowers

Video #3: Ambulance

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15 Replies to “Exploring Shapes and Patterns with Stop Motion”

  1. This looks like great fun. And so much learning too!

  2. We have a Spielgaben set and love it. I hadn’t thought to use it with stop motion though. What a wonderful way to extend the materials even more. Thank you, as always, for your simple but inspiring ideas.

  3. Spielgaben is on the top of my wishlist! Love the look of the app too.

  4. Wow! Two new terrific products! I have just started making videos with some of the kids I work with, and I wanted to spell the credits out with stop motion. The blocks look perfect…hope there are some around! The app I will get today! Thanks for the post Kate! Glad to find your website. peace, love and music, Annie Lynn from School Songs by AnnieBirdd Music, LLC

  5. Hey Kate…I forgot one more thing. I have a problem understanding written directions, and your article was presented in an easy to understand, with non-complicated and well illustrated demonstrations and directions…..hugely helpful to us kinesthetic learners!

  6. I’m very interested in the list of ipad apps you found to be useful for enhancing the learning environment.

  7. This is great. I am also very interested in the list of iPad apps you found to be useful – I am trying to do the same – as my children love playing iPad and I would love the selections to be as educational and meaningful as possible. Thank you!

  8. I also had a hard time deciding on an iPad. We did get one and I felt good about it because I also found a very good case to protect it. I knew with children using it that it would get dropped. That was four years ago and it is used almost everyday and has been dropped and stepped on but never broken. Here is the case we use: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007IGRE6C/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?qid=1447774013&sr=8-9&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70&keywords=gum+drop+ipad

  9. Love Spielgaben!

  10. My girls would love this! There are so many things you could do with a stop motion app. Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  11. lydia purple says:

    great inspiration. my daughter started to try to film stories with my phone, but she wasn’t pleased with the results… so this might be something for her to try with a little more control on the outcome…

  12. This looks fabulous. I would love to know the app you used. My kids would love this too. My eldest son 9 has been recording his own audio book on the ipad, Written by himself. I struggle with the whole tech thing too but I guess it has its place. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Hi Milo. Yes, of course 🙂 Thank you.

  14. mirka misakova says:

    COuld you please mention another apps you think are worthy / you consider? Thanks a lot.

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