Claymation!One of Eli 10.4s Christmas gifts this year was a program called Claymation Studio 3.0. Eli's been interested in claymation/animation in the past, but we never found anything simple enough to get him started.
This program, though, is terrific, and it's easy to use. He made 8 videos today in just a few hours, and the program is well-guided and very user-friendly for kids. It's really captured Eli's imagination, and here's a sample of his work:
The program comes with its own camera, and the camera is instead a little plastic dog with poseable legs. That means the camera has its own tripod, essentially, and can be set up any way you want.
If one of your kids is interested in animation, I highly recommend this program as a great way to get them started.