*We were provided with Z Yang and accessories for free in exchange for a review, however, all thoughts and opinions are ours.
Ms. Sassy Pants and I are crazy about any and all things American Girl, as I have told you before. We both love that each girl gets her own story, has her own heritage, hobbies, fears, and talents. It makes it so much more than just a doll when you infuse personality into them with the books, movies, and accessories that go with them. Z Yang is one of the newest girls in the American Girl family, she is a Vlogger and super adorable! She makes a great way to introduce my daughter to this aspect of technology (she wants to be Youtube famous). After I introduce you to Z. Yang I have 5 Tips to Teach Stop Motion to Kids for you!
5 Tips to Teach Stop Motion to Kids
First off , I loved her little layered outfit of leggings, sparkly slip ons, cute skirt and her camera print shirt. Her pretty black hair is gorgeous and begs to be brushed and style. Now onto our stop motion tips with our newest pal Z Yang…
1.Find an easy to use app- Stop Motion Studio is a pretty good app that is easy to navigate and use. It is available on both android and iphone. Take some time to figure it out together, help your little one get the hang of it then let them explore on their own. It is almost as simple as push a button and then play. The most important tip is to demonstrate how much better the photos are when the camera is not shakey, we use a tripod to keep it still as we shoot.
2.Gather your “characters” and props- Small action figures, Minifigures, characters from blind bags all make great moving props for stop motion. Show your child how to create a background with patterned paper or contact paper on a small science board. Toss the props in a basket and leave it handy for your child to explore at their own pace.
3.Give them the right tools- Whether you buy them their own starter camera/video camera or let them borrow yours they are going to need the right stuff to get the job done (this will go hand in hand with the stop motion app I mentioned above. The right tools also includes somewhere to shoot, backgrounds, and a low table next to some natural lighting. Z Yang has all kinds of cool gear for doing video's, stop motion, and photos. Check out her filming accessories below! Super cute and realistic right? A camera with detachable strap, a video camera, cell phone with changeable photos and an adorable backpack to carry it all around in.
5.Use a tripod- Even professional photographer and videographers use tripods to keep their equipment steady for the best shots. Being still long enough to get a clear image for kids is doubly hard! Give them the right tools and you set them up for success. You can find inexpensive options for smartphones or digital cameras.
6. Avoid taking over- While it is so tempting to just do it for them or set everything up for them and be in charge The Face is that it takes something away from their learning. Let them make mistakes, see for themselves, and then go back and fix it Give them some tips, teach them how to hold the camera steady (or use a tripod), demonstrate the apps then give them a chance to figure it out on their own.
One more parting shot of Z!