To keep my kids busy in this crazy time, I gave a few of them a project. Using a common digital camera and a tripod my kids were able to make a stop motion film starring the snowmen they made last week and the alligator head I keep on my desk. Anything can work as a model for this activity: old action figures, army men, Legos or clay figurines. Making sure not to move the camera, you move your model a fraction of an inch, then take a photo. Repeat several hundred times.
The next step is to import them into Windows Movie Maker after you have set the default image time to .25 seconds. This gives everything a nice, smooth movement.
Add titles, effects, and even a soundtrack and you’re good to go.
And now, please enjoy Chompy vs. the Snow-Women: