Which character do you like? “Doraemon! Ampaman! Snoopy! Elsa! Rapunzel!” The kids exclaimed. But do you know how these characters move? As we journey through our sights and sounds series, we wanted to find out how static drawings come to life. For this science and art activity we use materials such as rubber bands, cardboards, scissors and color pencils to illustrate a very simple animation technique.
Animation is a series of nonmoving drawings that are moved so quickly such that it gives the illusion of movement.
The kids were free to draw an image that they like on both sides of the cardboard. But, I used a very simple image of a circle and a cross to illustrate a simple animation method. I drew a circle on one side of the cardboard and a cross on the other side. As I turned the cardboard very fast the kids noticed that the cross seemed to be inside the circle. “Magic!” said one kid. “No, it’s just animation.”