Animation is defined as the technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence.
I took the bold step to teach my kids about animations and how they can create their own animations. I started with cutting multiple sheets of paper into small pieces and drawing the animation sequence on the cutouts. The animation sequence can be anything you want and is only limited by your imagination … and drawing skills.
I decided to implement a sequence where an apple is falling of from a tree. The complete sequence comprises of 12-15 drawings. After drawing the sequence I stapled the paper together to make it like a small scrapbook. Finally, I initialize the animation sequence by quickly going through the scrapbook using my thumb.
My son was amazed and delighted by watching the apple falling to the ground. My daughter was not much impressed and continued working on her scrapbook.
My daughters scrapbook. I don’t think at this point she understands how animations works but she was able to draw a complete story about prince and cinderella.
Animations is surely a difficult concept to grasp for young kids and I will surely have to revisit this lesson again in the future.