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).

Tip

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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Tip for Tired Eyes

How to brighten the eyes

My eyes often have that “I’m tired” look. Probably because I AM often tired. Ha! I have this ultra quick and subtle way to brighten my eyes and it only takes a few minutes to apply.

tips for tired eyes

Products:

Concealer

Nude eye liner

Silver eyeliner or eye shadow

Nude eye shadow

Mascara

How

After applying foundation:

  1. Apply concealer under the eye.
  2. Brush nude/campaign colour eye shadow on the entire eye lid, right up to the eyebrow line.
  3. Draw skin coloured (nude) eyeliner on the bottom eye lid.
  4. Press silver eye shadow into the inner corner of the eye.
  5. Coat eyelashes with one layer of mascara.

how to brighten eyes with make up beafunmum.com

My Everday Makeup

my everyday make up tutorial

I wear makeup most days because it makes me feel fresh and happy. I’ve experimented with many types of makeup and different ways to apply it, and have fine tuned my everyday look in under 2 minutes.  By applying my makeup in layers, it lasts all day but still looks natural.  This means I use moisturiser, then a base reflector, then powder — all very quick to put on.  The products I use are pretty fail safe too, so I can work with them fast. For example, I prefer loose powder foundation to liquid for everyday because it’s quicker to put on and you can’t really get it wrong.

My Everyday Make Up Tools

my everyday make up tools

Steps

1: Moisturise: trilogy Face Care — Vital Moisturising Cream

2: Correct & Brighten Base: L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream

3. Concealer: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW25

4. Powder: Natio Mineral Powder (My favourite is Youngblood Loose Mineral Powder)

5.  Blush: Estee Lauder Natural Cheek Color 06 Rose Desire (which they don’t make anymore)    Brush: MAC 107SE

6. Eyebrows:  Minenesse 24 HR Brow Lift & Shape Mascara

7. Mascara: I’m just using a cheap brand but my favourite is Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Mascara

8. Lips: BH Cosmetics 32 Colors Lip Pallet

If I’m going somewhere special, I add…

9. Eyeliner: MAC Eye Khol A19

10. Eyes shadow: BH Cosmetics 120 Colors Eye Pallet — #3rd Edition

What I’m Wearing

Necklace is from Kellie Christie

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