Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jumping Jack Heart Animation

Here's a quick animation craft. It started out as an extra for early finishers, but everyone wanted to make them. It's two drawings with the arms and legs in in jumping jack positions, a stick in between.Watch him do jumping jacks when you twirl the stick between your hands!

Here's what you need:  

  • 2 pieces of light-colored card stock scrap (the snowman is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4, the heart is on 2 1/2 x 4 inches.)
  • A small round stick. (We used cake pop sticks or lollipop sticks, available where you buy cake decorating supplies.) Or, you could use a pencil, a straw, etc.
  • Tape
  • Double stick Tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Colored pencils or markers
Draw two matching figures, except change the positions of the arms and legs. One has feet out and arms up. The other has legs together and arms down. Make sure the arms and legs are thick and dark so they show up well. Color with colored pencil.

Securely tape the stick to the back of one of the drawings. Make sure to leave the stick long enough to hold between your hands.

Use the double-sided tape to attach the other drawing over the stick...

Now twirl the stick between your hands and watch your heart do jumping jacks!

Instead of a Jumping Jack Heart, you might like a Jumping Jack Snowman instead.

Make it a Wonderful Day!


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    1. Thanks for linking. This is a favorite every time we make them. :D