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Balloons Over Broadway STEM Activity Stop Motion Animation

Grade Levels
2nd - 7th, Homeschool
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This activity is the perfect companion to the beloved STEM read aloud Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.

If you have ever had your students create a green screen Thanksgiving day parade, or marched down the hallways with your students and their hand-crafted balloon floats, you know what an engaging, hands-on activity it is. If you are unable to do that because your students are distance learning, or simply want a different option, this activity fits the bill.

Your students will create a stop motion animation of a Thanksgiving day parade using Google slides. Students can work independently or in pairs to create an animation of a balloon/float as it travels down the city street. Students can then view their animation to see their work! When all of the animations are complete, you have the option to compile them all into one video (either you can do it or enlist the help of a student).

Watch the video preview above to see a sample animation.


  • 5 Instruction Pages for Students You do not need to know how to do digital stop motion animation before trying this!
  • Background City Page and Balloon Float Elements Students can used the components provided, create their own, or do an image search to create just the right float! Includes animals like the one shown plus twisted balloon animal designs.
  • Teacher Instructions to create a compilation video (optional).
  • Video Example that shows an animation being built, as well as how to view the animation.

Looking for a Physical Stop Motion Resource?

Stop Motion Animation STEM Project

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