Animated Paper Puppets
10 or more
Mini Paper Brads
1 Pair
Scissors
1
Mini Paper Punch (or Anything Else That Can Poke a Hole)
Several sheets
Plain White Card Stock
Several sheets
Colorful Card Stock (Optional)
1
Pencil
1 set
Markers
1
A Tripod With Phone Attachment (Optional)
1
A Stop Motion Animation App (Optional)
Today we’ll create jointed paper puppets, to play with, and optionally, make stop-motion animations!
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First sketch a character in sections. Divide the parts at each major joint (elbow, knee, etc.)
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Make each limb extra long. The overlap when you put it all together will shorten everything.
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See how the legs look shorter here than they did in the initial drawing?
4
Once you have an outline, color your character in.
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Clothing parts can be cut from colorful card stock, or you can color all of it by hand.
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Carefully cut out all of your pieces and arrange them in order.
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Punch a hole through both sides of a joint. Insert a brad through both holes and open on the back.
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Be sure the holes are not too close to the edges on either side of the joint.
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Repeat with all joints until it’s fully assembled. Ta da!
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If you want to animate your character, the “Stop Motion” App is free and easy to use.
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Shooting within the app, move your puppet a little at a time, taking a picture in each position.
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You should have a tripod or another person holding the camera in the same position for each picture.
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Hand-held will be much less stable than a tripod but will still have fun results.
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The more elements you have to interact with eachother, the more you can do with your animation.
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With a tripod, the results will be smoother. Use your imagination and have fun!
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