Stop Motion Animation

This month’s kids STEAM workshop was stop motion animation. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Stop Motion Studio

We used the Stop Motion Studio free app using iPads. The app is free in the App Store [click on the image above for the link], but there’s also a pro version with many more useful features not available on the free app. For the pro version, click here, or search for CATEATER for Stop Motion Studio Pro.


Here’s a video introducing the concept of stop motion animation:

Here’s a video with basic instructions on how to get started on Stop Motion Studio app:

And a sample video of a stop motion film made by a teen here at the library:



  • iPads with Stop Motion app
  • figurines
  • large post-it sheets
  • markers
  • Scrabble letters
  • legos
  • adjustable book stands (to hold iPads)
  • scissors
  • pencils


Getting started

  1. Think of a story that can be told in a minute or less (this can be longer if the workshop/time is longer)
  2. Map out the scenes / create your storyboard
  3. Gather your characters
  4. Add a scenery (could be drawn)
  5. Add props
  6. Position your device
  7. Film



by Mateo F (age 9) & Diego F (age 9)

by Jacob M (age 9) & Orion H (age 9)

by Aiden M (age 8)

by Aiden D (age 12)

by Aiden D (age 12), with assistance from Joseph S (age 8)

by Elisa B (age 8) & Ava B (age 8)

by Shaheenaaz E (age 11), Sequoia T (age 11), Angelina W (age 11)

by Sage K (age 9), Isabel H (age 9), Logan M (age 11)

Stop motion film by Laris M (age 11) and Felix M (age 9)

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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