Fun for Older Kids: Create Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Our family uses technology for all kinds of things, not just entertainment.  I wanted to share a stop motion project Miss 10 has been working on since she was 9 years old. So, that’s over a year! As the kids get older, I find it’s important to engage them on a more detailed level and also allow them to explore their own interests through activity and play.

The project wasn’t done in big chunks but off and on, mainly during school holidays over the course of a year.  A simple stop motion animation on Powerpoint is an easy process really (so I’ve discovered), but the good thing is you can get as geeky and technical about it as you like.

I didn’t know how to do this at all — that is: I didn’t teach my daughter how to to do it — so it’s all credit to her for this post.

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In general, I like to think of ways to be creative…anything from craft, games with my siblings to even animation on the computer.  I love doing this stuff, it’s so fun and it makes me smile.  I want it share it so other kids my age might discover the joy of this as well.

This is the project I’ve been working on for a while. There are 156 slides in this one. 

To make your own stop motion animation on Powerpoint, this is what you need to do.

Step 1

Open a blank Powerpoint presentation. 

Step 2

In the Transition Tab, set timings to 0.01 or 0.02 (click After)

Step 3

In the Slide Show Tab, click Set Up and make sure the use timings, if present, is on (and manual is off)

Step 4

Create your first slide. You can use shapes, clip art or anything you want.  It’s best to start simple. This is how I did my first slide using shapes and clip art.

Stop Motion on Powerpoint

Step 5

Now it’s time to start animating.  You need to click on the slide (right click it) and press duplicate to make another slide exactly the same.   Then move the objects you want to animate just a little bit at a time (the video shows it a little better).  And then duplicate that slide and do the process again and again until you have at least 10 slides.  You can take a look at how it’s going by pressing the Slide Show Tab and then from beginning (or from start if you’re using a Mac).


It’s important to move some objects off the screen. For example, if you have a cloud in the sky, and a car on the ground, it will still look good if you only move the car along. However, if you want the scenes to change, then you also need to move the cloud off the screen too.  Once you start playing around with it, you start to see what works, and what doesn’t.

Video Tutorial 

Here’s a tutorial Mum and I put together.

This is a great idea, it’s on the computer, but it’s not games.  You can still have fun but learn important skills at the same time.  A good thing about this, is you can keep on coming back to it; it’s not something you have to complete in one day. IT’S SO FUN!

More Stop Motion

My daughter has also worked on other stop motion projects using my iPhone and Lego with the Stop Motion Studio App. Below are two episodes. Again, I wasn’t involved in this project (I simply facilitated her interest buy finding an app and letting work it out). It’s great to see my kids using technology and their imagination. Most excellent.

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Activity ideas for 8 – 12 year olds (that won’t break the bank)

10 Fun things to do on New Year’s Eve as a family


Some of the sparkle of staying up on New Year’s Eve wore off for me between changing nappies and sleepless nights.   However, now my kids are older, staying up late on New Year’s Eve holds a Cinderella novelty for them.  As I watch their excitement, I’m reminded of how fun celebrating the dawn of a New Year can be. Celebrating on New Year’s Eve has become an opportunity to create family traditions as we celebrate with family and friends.

Whether you stay up to see the New Year in, or plan a quiet night at home, there are many fun family activities to do on New Year’s Eve.  I’m sharing ten ideas below.

1.     Find out what events are on in your community

Many cities provide firework displays, concerts and other family friendly events on New Year’s Eve. If tickets are required, book early to avoid disappointment. To see what’s on in your area, Google ‘family friendly New Year’s Eve (your city)’.

2.     Make a Time Capsule

A New Year‘s Time Capsule is fun and easy project to make.  The idea of a time capsule is to collect items that hold significance for the year that has gone.  This then is opened the following year and refilled.

How to make: Decorate a cylinder box (you can purchase one at the post office) with paint, collage or wrapping paper.  Fill the capsule with personal items that will be enjoyed in a year’s time. Below are some ideas:

  • A small toy
  • A photograph
  • A drawing
  • A letter

Activities for New Years eve with kids -- make a time capsual

3.     Throw a New Year’s Eve party

Invite family and friends over for a New Year’s Eve party.   Our family usually spends New Year’s Eve with other families and the children have a blast together.


  • Have a table set up with a simple activity to engage visiting children when they arrive.
  • Keep dinner simple, for example, sausage sizzle, BBQ or pizza.
  • Sparklers are always a hit for kids on New Year’s Eve.
  • If you don’t want to wait up until midnight, set an alarm to go off at a certain time and celebrate the New Year then.

4.     Make decorations

Kids love to help prepare for a party. Below is a list of New Year’s craft ideas.

  • Decorate a New Year hat: Curl a piece of cardboard into a cone shape. Place two holes either side of the base of the cone shape and attach a length of elastic. Decorate the hat with pens, paper scraps, glitter and pom poms.
  • Create a New Year Banner: On a large piece of cardboard or brown craft paper, decorate a New Year banner with permanent markers, collage and/or paint.
  • Make a noise shaker:  Fill an empty plastic bottle with rice or pasta, tape lid down and decorate the outside of the bottle with stickers.
  • Streamers: Staple or tape 3-6 even lengths of crepe streamers on an empty toilet roll.
  • Paint a New Year’s shirt: Paint a plain coloured T-shirt with fabric paint.
  • Make personal place mats:  Draw and decorate a piece of A4 paper, and then laminate.
  • Fireworks sound board: Purchase a roll of bubble wrap and tape to a hard floor (or a large packing box).  To celebrate the New Year, children can jump on the bubble wrap; it sounds like fireworks!
  • Have sparklers ready for when it’s dark! (Click here for a tutorial on how to photograph words with sparklers)

5.     Play board games/Family games

Below are popular board games and activity ideas to play on New Year’s Eve.

  • Game of Life
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Monopoly
  • Pictionary
  • Pass the Pigs
  • Cludeo
  • Game of Life
  • Scattegories
  • Trouble
  • Dictionary
  • Uno
  • Scrabble
  • Jenga
  • Chess
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Dance to music
  • Who am I
  • Twister
  • Spotlight
  • Family Talent Concert

6.     Look at the stars

New Year’s Eve is usually coupled with noise, cheers and fireworks. For something different, drive out somewhere quiet, where there is limited artificial light, and gaze at the stars. Bring an Esky filled with food and drinks, a large mat, sleeping bags and fold-down chairs so everyone is comfortable.  You may like to use this time to decide on family resolutions for the year ahead.

7.     Decide on a Family New Year’s Resolution

New Year IdeaNew Year’s Eve is often a time for both reflection and resolutions.  Personally, I don’t make grand New Year Resolutions however, it can be fun to discuss family dreams and plans for the year ahead.  This could be anything from organising a camping trip, establishing a new tradition or hosting more family dinner parties.  A simple way to visualise this is for each member of the family writing down something on sticky note and taking turns at sticking the notes up on the wall.

8.     Watch a movie

Throw down pillows, cushions and doona’s on the floor to create a fun atmosphere.  Make popcorn, and sit down to a family movie.

Below is a popcorn cup template.

popcorn cup template

9.     Make Mocktails

Mocktails are a fun activity for kids on New Year’s Eve.

Below are some flavour combinations:

10.  Create a family timeline

My children love when I tell them stories about when they were younger.   This concept can be turned into a visual activity that is perfect for New Year’s Eve.  Don’t be surprised if this activity opens up a many wonderful conversations and laughs! The idea is to create a family timeline, marked with important dates.

How to make: On a long piece of brown craft paper or butchers paper (tape A4 paper together if desired) draw a rough time line and mark important family events with a felt pen.  For example: marriage, births, milestones and other important family related events.

Do you have any other family New Year’s Eve activities to add?

Play Scene: Dinosaur Island

play scene -- dinosaur island

Last week, my son and I spent the day at the museum.  He loved the dinosaurs the best.

{At the museum}

dinosaur at museum

I enjoy using things we do together as inspiration for facilitating play, and so we created a Dinosaur Play Scene. Come and see Dinosaur Island.


Under-bed storage plastic container (or other plastic container)

Sticks, bark and rocks


Dinosaur figurines

Food colouring

Set up

1. I placed a log inside the container, with a few sticks, bark and rocks. My son filled the container with water & I added a few drops of blue food colouring (it’s very diluted so doesn’t stain hands or clothes).

dinosaur play scene

2. Add dinosaur figurines and that’s it.

play scene -- dinosaur island

play scene -- dinosaur island


10 Dinosaur Activites for Kids

Play scenes ideas

Balloon Fight Fun

Simple-Cheap-Easy Activity

1. Materials: newspaper, masking tape and a balloon.

2. Roll a section of newspaper

3. Tape roll together along entire roll

All that is left to do is blow the balloon up and let the fight games begin.  I must warn you, this is a fun but LOUD activity. Disclaimer: Enjoy in small doses.

Loud Fun Game ideas: 

 Hit the balloon – Roll a pair of socks and play golf or baseball – Sword fight (obvious rules apply) – Balloon soccer – Snowball fight using rolled pairs of socks with teams on either side of a bed – Light Saber – French Cricket  – Perfect for Party Games

Join in the Childhood101 We Play too.

Other Be A Fun Mum Links

Nature Hunt

Op Shop Cubby

A Pile of Straws

We Play: Blu Tack

Inhibiting Play

Make Scramble Eggs Tonight, Have Fun Tomorrow

Family Holiday Packing

The importance of family holidays

I fondly remember my childhood family holidays.  Recently, my Dad asked me, “Do you remember us taking you to ________?”

I couldn’t remember, and I could tell my Dad was a little disappointed.  Then I said, “Dad, it doesn’t matter that I can’t remember every single place we visited, what matters is you and Mum created memories of an overwhelmingly happy childhood.”

Holidays are about creating memories of an overwhelmingly happy childhood.

That’s what it’s about: memories and that sense of belonging.  Now I’m the parent and am in the midst of the memory making stage of parenting. We make it a priority to take a family holiday every year (and take mini long weekend holidays whenever we can).

Holiday Bag

On our official annual family holiday, I pack a special bag of goodies for each of my children. This doesn’t have to be expensive.  Typically I include these things:

* Colouring/activity book

* Small toy

* Lollies (a rare thing in our family)

* New Book

* Green Shopping Bag

Family Treat

I like to take a family-fun treat too, like a board game. I love how the The Book Chook puts it: “I can’t resist activities that give kids opportunities for learning and socializing, wrapped up in a package of fun.”

Other ideas: skipping rope, a variety of balls (for ball games), Frisbee, kite, 

The Holiday Box

I also have a dedicated holiday box, similar to our camping box.  The idea of the box is it’s already packed and ready to take with you on holidays.  From matches to paper towel and BBQ utensils to paper plates, it’s all there.

This are some of the things I keep in the box:

  • Aluminium foil
  • Glad bags
  • Bin liners
  • Pegs
  • Washing powder
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Medication (panadol/nurofen)
  • Tea towels
  • Hand towel
  • Bath mat
  • Disinfectant
  • Matches
  • BBQ Utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Kitchen cloths
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Washer
  • Baby wipes
  • Plastic plates/cups/cutlery (for picnics)
  • Colouring pencils
  • Batteries
  • White vinegar
  • Take-away container

Notes: When you come home from holidays, I replenish the box so it’s ready for next time.

Printable Packing Lists

Below are links to the printable packing lists I use (incase they are of use to anyone). These can be great for older kids too, so they can pack and tick the items off the list themselves.

The Holiday Box Packing List

Basic Food Packing List

Summer Packing List

Winter Packing List

The Car Box List

You can find a post about the car box here: The Car Box.

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Entertaining Kids on Long Car Trips

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Stick & Bead Wind-chime

My sister and I enjoyed doing this craft activity together: Glass Meets Nature Wind-chime. It was simple to do and the finished product looked fantastic.  The children were excited so I’m going to do one with them too but with old cutlery instead of ceramic shapes (see note below).


Stick (hunt the backyard for the perfect stick)

Ribbon (about a metre)

Fishing Line

Glass Beads (think about texture and colour)

Clay or ceramic shape (or use cutlery)


1. Tie fishing line to a ceramic shape.

2. Tread a sequence of beads following the shape. 

3. Repeat on four differing lengths of fishing line. 

4. Tie beaded strings on the stick — an even distance apart.

5. Add ribbon to the stick and tie a bow at both each end.

6. Hang

TIP: You can use cutlery instead of ceramic shapes.  Choose some with a hanging hole or use a steel drill to make a hole.  Op-shops sell old cutlery cheap.

LeechBabe did a cutlery wind-chime post here. You won’t believe what she used to tie it all together.

On Holidays

I’m on holidays! I’m on holidays! I’m on holidays! I won’t be posting for the next couple of weeks.  But, I’ll be back. Unless, I jump into the ocean and turn into a mermaid.

My Four. Storms a Comin’

Books are NOT Just for Reading

Books are not just for reading, so my children have taught me. They sometimes grab a book each and run around the house playing the character.  So there you go, that’s really getting into a book isn’t it?

Love it.