Fun Family Activities | 14 September 2016Sticky Note Flip Book Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Animation is all around us and its the perfect time to introduce kids to how they can make their own. Animation Lab for Kids shows you how to put a sticky note pad to good use with this awesome flip book. Oh, how we love flip books! Not only are they low-maintenance and inexpensive, but they’re also a great way to work on drawing skills and at the same time teach the basics of stop-motion animation. Before You Begin – Thinner paper allows the artist to see a trace of the drawing underneath, making it easier to draw a continuing image. – Thicker paper makes for easier flipping of the pages. – It is really important that you keep the drawings in sequence. Numbering the back of the pages in pencil is a good way to keep the drawings in order. – The more frames (pages) a flip book has, the smoother the animation will appear. With fewer pages and larger changes in drawings, a flip book will appear fast and choppy. – Anywhere from 15 to 24 frames per movement will make for a good range of motion. 1. Assemble your sheets of paper into a clean stack. Remember to number the back of each page in pencil so you can keep your drawings in sequence (fig. 1). 2. Come up with a subject you would like to animate. This can be as simple as a bouncing ball or as complicated as a human walking. 3. Start drawing on the very bottom sheet of the stack (fig. 2). 4. Once the first drawing is finished, turn to the next page (second page from the bottom) and draw your subject again, slightly moving its position if you desire motion in the flip book, or draw it in the same place to keep it still. Remember, big changes in the drawing will make for a quick, choppy motion, while small changes will appear smooth when flipping. 5. Continue this process and draw through all of the pages until you are finished. 6. Using binder clips, a stapler, masking tape, or a hole punch and string, bind one edge of your stack of drawings. This enables you to flip and flip and flip! Buy from an Online Retailer US: Introduce kids to stop-motion animation and animated filmmaking. Animation is everywhere–from movies and TV to apps and video games–and today’s tech-savvy kids know all about it. With the accessibility and ease of use of cameras and video-editing software, people of all ages are learning how to make stop-motion animation. In Animation Lab for Kids, artists, teachers, and authors Laura Bellmont and Emily Brink present exciting, fun, hands-on projects that teach kids a range of animation techniques. From the classic zoetrope, flip book, and cel methods (which don’t require any devices or technology) to different methods of shooting, the lessons require no previous experience for either child or adult. Experimenting with a variety of art materials (drawing, clay, and paper cut-outs), young animators will learn to plan a film through writing, storyboarding, and creating sets. The book also features helpful and informative sidebars on the history of the early animation techniques as well as the inspiring work of innovative and influential animators, including Kirsten Lepore, PES, Hailey Morris, and William Kentridge. The authors are co-founders and lead teachers of The Good School, an arts-education school that cultivates and combines traditional art-making skills and the technologies involved in stop-motion animation filmmaking. They teach animation techniques at camps, schools, and events, including the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.