All you need to make a flip book is a pack of post-it notes, some dot stickers, and a good pen. A binder clip is handy—it helps keep the post-it pack bound after it’s been thumbed through a few times. You can find these supplies at any office supply store.
Pack of post-it notes (bright colors are fun!)
Dot stickers (like the kind you use for stoop sales)
Sharpie pen or markers
Medium binder clip
Scissors (to cut the dots)
Any kid who can hold a pen can make these with a little help. Children 6 and older can make them on their own.
Flip-books take time to make. Using a sticker or stamp as a the starting point for a character’s head allows the kids to create more pages quickly, so they can get the flip-book effect. Starting at the back or front of the book, have them stick a dot on each pace. Have them change the position of the dot slightly from page to page so the dot (or head) will appear to move when the book is flipped. Small changes look like slow movements and large changes translate to startling jumps! To give the illusion of a dot moving in or out of a frame, cut a sticker in half or in quarters and have your child line it up with the edge of the post-it note.
Once your child has a dot on each page, he can start riffing. Adding legs that wiggle, wings that wave, or hair that curls just enhances the animation. Talking bubbles are always fun. You can make suggestions having characters jump rope or bounce a ball. You can even suggest that they add a friend by introducing a new dot onto the scene!
For a basic flip book, you only need stickers. For a longer project, kids can add detail with Sharpie pens or markers. These supplies are so minimal you could even carry them in your bag.
These examples were made by a 9 year old and 6 year old.
Have on hand for next Friday’s project:
Colored tissue paper
Mod Podge (or white glue)
Plain paper lanterns (6” diam. or larger) from party supply stores or online at sites like asianimporstore.com
Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.