Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Homemade iPad Stands

For the recent trade with Twin Lakes my 2nd through 5th grades worked as teams to make their stop motion animation.  The first day was was kind of a bomb.  I set up the iPads on easels.  I taped it all down and talked to the kids about touching the iPad with only one finger.  However, it was still too tippy and the iPads kept moving and falling down.  I went home on the first day knowing I had to come up with something else.  All I could think about was I wish I had a class set of iPad stands.  That's what I need... or do I?

That night I went through my 'stuff' in the basement tying to be as creative as I could be.  This is what I found to make the perfect stands.

Here are the materials I choose to use for this project. (see above)

I found a couple of frame and pulled the glass out of them.  I taped the edges to make sure it is not going to cut anyone.

I used these antique items called VHS movies to create a table out of the glass.  I simply used packaging tape to put it all together.

I had plenty of movies around the house but I started thinking... I could/should use other materials to show my students you can use anything.  Paper towel tubes and kiln stilts were used on some of the stations.  I thought it was a perfect way to get the students thinking about how to bring this activity of stop motion animation home. I have been told by several parents that they had to help their students track down the materials for a stand.  That was music to my ears.


  1. Love this idea! I love the idea of teaching stop motion, I just have not gotten organized. This gets gets me thinking!