Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop-Motion Animation

If you’re looking for a good boredom buster for the kids on an otherwise rainy and dreary day, try creating simple stop-motion animation videos using a camera, a tripod, and some old toys! My kids thought this project was so much fun, and I love how it renewed their interest in some of their older toys that they haven’t played with in awhile. Great rainy day fun!

Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop Motion Animation with Kids

For our introduction into the world of stop-motion animation, we used an iPhone (any iOS or Android device would work well for this too), a used tripod from the thrift store, and some stuffed animals and colorful wooden blocks. We used this tripod mount for the iPhone and it worked well!

To create the videos, we used a free app called Vine to make very short 6 sec films — perfect for kiddos with short attention spans. You could also use the free Instagram app to make clips that are up to 15 seconds long.

Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop Motion Animation with Kids

Once the videos are made, you can choose to have them post to Vine, or simply save them to your device. For kids, I recommend having a private account.

Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop Motion Animation with Kids

My kids spent an entire afternoon making these little videos!

Here are some of my favorites:

Have fun!!


  1. How cool! I love this idea!

  2. I think that it is a very interesting idea which will help children to develop their creativity and to feel themselves as real cartoon-makers. And of course it is a wonderful way for them to do something else besides playing the computer or PlayStation.

    • Agreed!! I love how the kids were actively creating something, and not just passively playing a game.

  3. The first and the third videos look pretty smooth. Can you tell me approx how many pictures you put together to make those?