4th of July Flip Book Activity

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Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Got an aspiring illustrator or animator on your hands? Computer animation is all the rage these days, but there was a time when animators did all their work by hand. Let your child try his hand at making his own hand-drawn animation by creating a 4th of July themed flip book. Flip through it and watch as a firework arcs across the darkened July sky.

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Stack the paper rectangles together.
  2. Draw a rocket in the lower left corner of page 1 (see template).
  3. Draw the rocket in the upper right corner of page 4 (see template). On pages 2 and 3, you will draw the rocket moving between the point on page 1 and the point on page 4.
  4. What would your firework look like when it starts to explode? Perhaps it looks like a tight burst of color that hasn’t yet spread. Draw this on page 5 (see template).
  5. What would your fire work look like half way through the explosion? Draw this on page 8 (see template).
  6. Now draw the fully exploded firework on page 10 (see template).
  7. Fill in the gaps between pages 5 and 8 and pages 8 and 10.
  8. When you are done drawing, make sure the pages are in order and then staple on the left hand side. Rapidly fan through the drawings to launch your firework display.

Did You Know? Daumenkino, the German word for flip book, means "thumb cinema".

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