This activity will deepen your student's understanding of both spatial reasoning and computational thinking. The process of creating a stop motion animation will challenge children to break down a larger task into small steps. It also teaches how to plan, create, and implement a sequence of events in a manner that is very similar to coding a computer program.
Stop-motion animation requires students to create a clay figure and take a series of digital photographs. For each photograph, students will make a very small change in the placement of the clay. When the photos are put together and shown in a rapid sequence, it will look like the figure is moving (animated). To create the animation, the photos can be dropped into a PowerPoint presentation and played as a slide show at a rapid pace. There are also many animation apps and programs designed specifically for stop-motion animation.