How to Make Do-It-Yourself Animation

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Indoors, Car
Skills: Art, Science

What you'll need:
A palm-sized pad of paper, ideally at least one inch thick
A pen or marker

What to do:
1. Decide what you would like to animate (i.e. a ball bouncing, a flagwaving, a star moving across the sky). It's a good idea to start out simple until you and your kids get the hang of things.

2. Draw the rough outlines of the various frames on consecutive sheets of paper in the pad. For example: The first frame might show a ball lying on the ground. The next frame might show it inching up slightly higher. The third might show it higher still--and so on.

3. Color in the objects you have drawn.

4. Put your thumb on the edge of the pad of paper and flip through the pages quickly. The objects you have drawn will appear to move across the page.

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