Maybe your kid isn’t a burgeoning author; maybe she’s into photography or filmmaking instead! Candlewick Press has a neat little kit that can help your child make stop-motion pictures like a pro.
Animation Studio ($19.99) comes with a reversible fold-out stage set, press-out props, puppet and animation devices, storyboard sheets and a director’s handbook. They can use puppets, clay modeling, shape-shifting or pixilation to complete their work of art (depending on their skill level). And they’ll need to borrow your smartphone camera or a digital camera, of course.
If you’d like to win this kit for a creative youngster on your holiday shopping list, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Dec. 15 and include your mailing address. Please put “animation” in the subject line to be included in the random drawing.