Flipbook Animation

An animated cartoon is made up of a series of drawings that are shown quickly, one after the other, so that the figures appear to move. Your child can bring his own drawings to life by making a flipbook.


  • Small notebook or pad of paper
  • Colored pencils or markers


  1. Have your child choose a simple action to show with his flipbook? perhaps a face changing from sad to happy, a person walking, or an apple falling from a tree.
  2. On the last page of the flipbook, have him draw the first picture in the action sequence (for example, the sad face).
  3. On the next-to-last page, he should draw the same picture but with a slight change (for example, the frown lifting a bit).
  4. He should draw each subsequent picture so it's slightly different from the one before it until the action sequence is complete.
  5. Show your child how to flip the pages from back to front to see his homemade animated cartoon.


Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

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