What to do with this activity?
A flip book is a small book with a series of pictures that gradually change from page to page. When the pages are flipped, the picture appears to move. It works in the same way as cartoon animation. In cartoons each frame of the film is slightly different from the previous. Because there are 25 frames or images per second it creates the illusion of movement.
Watch this video from Andymation that shows you how to make a flip book. If you don't have a light box, lean the paper against a window in daylight.
Why am I doing this?
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
How can I do more?
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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