Activity preparation animation with images: 20/30 min or less

Difficulty: Very easy

What you will learn: How to make a small animation in a simple and fun way.

Caution: with the wooden stick

Materials to create an animation with images :

  • Paper
  • Wooden sticks, skewer style, better if they are a little long. If you don’t have one, look for a substitute that has a round and elongated shape such as a pencil, straw, etc.
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Colored pencils
  • Pair of scissors
  • Zeal
animation with images

Steps to follow:

1. Cut out 2 small pieces of paper. We have made them in various sizes but always in small format. For example, 8 x 8 cm, 10 x 7 cm, 9 x 9 cm, etc. The two pieces must be of the same size and shape.

2. Think of a drawing that is going to move. Some ideas from the children:

  • a doll that has its mouth closed and then opens it and sticks out its tongue
  • a small flower in a pot and the flower grew
  • one car stopped and another one running….
  • A volcano and an erupting volcano like this one
animation with images

You have to think of something that you are excited to put in motion.

Here are some examples that the children have made:

Of a girl shooting the arrow on the target, the before and after.

Of a serious frog and a smiling frog

A little doll sticking out its tongue

3. Draw on paper the ideas you have thought of and color it.

4. When you have the 2 drawings done, take the stick and glue it with tape. First you hook the drawing and the stick with tape on the inside and then glue the other drawing with the glue stick.

5. And now let’s play!…To see the movement you just have to rotate it with your hands.


The drawing is moved by the speed at which you turn. You have to find the right speed.

Too fast you can’t see the drawings and too slow it doesn’t work. Let’s give it a try!

This animation system is the first one ever made. Then, little by little, more elaborate ones emerged, such as the Flipbook.

And then, the film industry emerged.

All animated films are films made with images or photographs.

For the eye to see the movement, you have to pass 24 images (or photographs or drawings) per second. This is known as Frame Per Second (FPS).

Here is a video of the animations made by some of our students.

Keep learning:

If you liked the animation activity, you can try making a flipbook or visit our blog and discover different workshops

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