Bring a drawing to life in just two pages!
Animated videos are usually created by showing thousands of images very rapidly — which means they take a LONG time to make. But you can make a scene or story in just two drawings. We like to use this activity as a starting point before moving into more complex stop motion animation.
☐ Paper: printer paper works well for this activity.
☐ Drawing materials: like pens, pencils, colored pencils, and markers.
☐ Pencil (optional): you can use a pencil, mechanical pencil, skewer stick, or other long and thin rod to bring your animation to life.
Make Your Own Two Page Flipbook
Fold your paper in half lengthwise (hot dog style) and then cut along the fold line.
Take one of the lengths of paper you just cut. Fold it into half again to make a two page book.
Rotate it so that the folded side is at the top, and the open side is at the bottom, as shown on the left.
First, make a drawing on the bottom page to start telling your mini story. Think about repetitive and big motions, like opening and closing a mouth, lift things up and down, hammering, or dancing. Add an element of surprise by having something pop out, appear, or transform!
Next, make another drawing on the top page based on the drawing on the bottom page.
Tip: hold your paper over a window or screen to make tracing easier to make sure your images line up.
You can quickly flip the top page back and forth, or take your top page and wrap it around a pencil until it curls. Then move your pencil up and down quickly.