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To the movies! This week, we’re going to collaborate to make stop-motion videos. This task will include design + props, story, narration, and whatever else the kids want to add, as well as a “show” at the end with concessions. Your child is welcome to devise a vision that includes other kids or to work on their own, but I’m hoping we can incorporate everyone with all of the available jobs.

My kids will bring their iPads and loaded with the free app Stop Motion. The app is easier than playing the pictures together as a movie and offers more control over timing, looping and photo interchange. Your kids are welcome to use their electronics today as well. (I personally am disabling the internet connectivity for my family’s devices.)

Alison is bringing a projector, so we’ll likely start with inspiration from other stop-motions. To show your kids how it’s done, start here, then see here (award winners), here (clay overview + how to), here (breakfast example), and here (Shopkins) for inspration.

For content options and set design, Becky is bringing LEGO, Leah is bringing stuffies and/or Shopkins, and I am bringing colored clay. We also have a whiteboard available in the building if anyone wants to bring markers for that.

We’ll have an official “showtime” between 1-1:30pm, complete with concessions + a theater-style arrangement indoors. (Kids are encouraged to make tickets as well.) Yes, these “movies” will be super short, but concessions are an unnecessary, added joy. Please bring a packaged snack that can be portioned into cups to be sold/shared inside (!!!) while we watch.

Leah is googling squishee stuff. If you have extra balloons at home, bring them and any ingredients that might feel cool as stuffing: sand, foam balls, sponge bits, etc.

Games + Activities Table
We will continue to share a table of games, puzzles and/or crafting materials. Bring whatever calming materials your kids enjoy + can share.

This week, please bring:
Electronic device, if needed, to film and edit your child’s stop-motion
Additional props or coloring/paper for tickets
A snack to share for “concessions”
Squishee ingredients
A blanket/chairs/hammocks for lounging + lunch
Lunch + snacks for your people
A game, craft or puzzle – for if your kiddo needs down time


October 16 @ 9am – MAMA Hike – Elk Meadow Stagecoach Trail

October 18 –     National Chocolate Cupcake Day! / Mask-making
We’ll bake cupcakes together from boxed mix (bring a mix your family can eat, 2 diff. boxes, at least) and icing ingredients. Mask-making stuff – forms, feathers, beads/jewels, paints, etc.

October 25 –    Halloween Party! Snacks to share (gf/df) / donuts on a string game / decoration + play
Bring a snack to share + donuts your family members can eat (we’ll string them up!), decorating supplies.

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