You will need a tablet (Apple Ipad or Android) or at a pinch a smart phone (quite fiddly but possible), a tripod and a holder to connect the device to the tripod.

The app. you need is called Stop Motion Studio and you can get the free one or the pro (I recommend the pro) in the apple app store.

Information here

Tripod and Mount Holder

You will need a tripod and something that connects that to your phone or tablet. This doesn’t need to be expensive.

Something like this includes both tripod and holder for a tablet;

or this if you already have a tripod;

For a phone, tripod and holder; something like this;   or



Note; these links are suggestions of the type of thing you need, not recommendations.


There are 2 types of plasticine I recommend;

Newplast is the traditional one and comes in lots of different colours, it can get a bit hard and crumbly with various colours but you just need to warm it up in the sun or with a hair dryer. If it gets too soft put it in the fridge.

You can get from ebay here  and choose the colours you want. This is the NewPlast website


The other one I use is Giotto Patplume which is softer and oilier and richer colours…it is easier to make things with but tends to be a little bit soft when animating (maybe put in fridge before you animate).

This pack is a good way to try it out


These things are useful too

Sculpting/Molding tools

Masking Tape

Acrylic paint, crayons etc.

Craft knife

Pencils pens etc.

Large bits of paper or card/cardboard for backgrounds