Why study animation with kids? Because it's a great vehicle to help them better understand storytelling and sequencing ideas, whether in words or pictures. Simple animation techniques are fun, hands-on projects that incorporate play, creativity and collaboration. Because the underlying processes are the same as for video, animation projects are a powerful way to help kids understand and prepare for more sophisticated media projects.
Description: This basic overview of animation explains how moving images trick the brain into "persistence of vision." It includes moving examples of Flip Books and great information on how to make a Zoetrope.
Description: This is a great site for learning all about phenakistascopes. It includes animated illustrations to show how theywork and includes a brief history of how they were invented. It provides several great links to other sites about phenakistascopes.
Description: Use this site to find information about creating Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) files and animating them. You can also find suggestions here for downloadable tools for creating and working with GIFs.
Description: This is a great site for learning all about zoetropes. It includes animated illustrations to show how they work and includes a brief history of how they were invented. It provides several great links to other sites about zoetropes.