Flip books are one of the easiest ways to create the illusion of movement and are a good place to begin exploring the principles of animation. You will need pencils and fine liners – flipbooks are provided.


– Create 4 Flip-books
1. Movement (Side to side or up and down)
2 Change in size (Coming closer and retreating – you can try this without a stencil)
3. Bounce or Squish and Stretch (your character will be deformed and change shape where it impacts)
4. A Crawl (Snakes, Bugs, etc – again no more than 6 stencils)
– Use At least 20 Pages each

Create flipbooks in the order listed above – Easiest to Hardest.

Start drawing on the last page of the book. When you go to the next page, you will be able to see the previous page beneath.

Trace your character, moving it only slightly to get smooth movement.

After the book is complete, we can trim the edges of your books, so they flip properly.
Keep the figures in the ‘open’ half of the page – so you can see the action when flipping the book..
When you add colour do so sparingly – it can be very distracting!


Smooth Movement, Complexity of Images, Variation of Ideas


Add colour in at least 2 books – use it sparingly and consistently for a good effect