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Flip book animation ideas

Updated July 20, 2017

Flip books are a simple form of animation that nearly anyone can do. They use common supplies and easy animation techniques to create an action-based book. Flip books are great for beginning animators and can become more complex for those with more experience. There are many types of action that can be adapted to flip book animation.

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Assembling Snowman

Begin by drawing a series of pages in which a circle falls from the sky, gradually growing larger, and lands on the bottom of the page. Draw a slightly smaller circle that also falls from the sky and lands on top of the large ball that already is in place. Draw other pieces of the snowman blowing in, flip-flopping or rolling their way in from the edges of the page toward the large ball, such as a scarf, a head and a hat. Continue to make the pieces come together until they have built a whole snowman.


Draw a stick figure on top of a diving board overlooking a body of water. Over several frames, show the diver slowly bouncing up and down on the diving board. Have the diver jump off the board and execute any kind of dive you would like. If you are a beginner, consider a simple dive, arcing out into the pool of water below. If you have made flip books before or are good at drawing, your diver can do a series of flips and twirls before hitting the water.


Draw a stick figure or other animated figure performing dance moves. This could be a breakdancer, a ballet dancer or a pair of characters doing the tango. Be sure to include incremental movement of the arms and legs between each page/frame for a smoother final look to the dances. You also can add moving musical notes, making them grow, flow, or move to indicate that the characters are listening to music while dancing.

Growing flower

Draw a patch of grass or dirt. This will become the base for the rest of your pages. Have a sprout come out of the ground and slowly grow. Start it as a tiny little sprout and, over several pages, it incrementally grows larger and develops a small bud. Over the next series of drawings, show the flower growing and blooming. You may want to use pictures of real flowers as they grow for reference.

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About the Author

Michelle Sherman has been a journalist since 2006. She started her career at "The Peoria Journal-Star," a mid-sized daily in central Illinois. She then became the education reporter for "The Galesburg Register Mail," a small daily in central Illinois. An English and communications major at Monmouth College, she received her Bachelor of Arts in 2007.

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