Welcome back , you are logged in

World Cultures Galleries are closed for redevelopment
this is a test ticker
Gallery 20 will be closed from Friday 1 Dec until noon Saturday 2 December


There are many ways to make simple home-made animations. Easy animations are made by drawing figures onto separate pages in flickbooks. You can also make shadow puppets and a shadow theatre.

Keep an eye out for our programme of holiday Family Fun Days. We often hold animation workshops for the whole family, and make short films using stop-motion techniques. See some finished films below or on the YouTube animation playlist

Have fun making flick book animations

Flick-books are perhaps the easiest way to animate. Have a go and create your own animation…

  • Start with a blank book. Begin on the back page, near to the edge of the paper (this is the part you’ll see when you flick the pages).
  • Think of a simple object or character that could move. For example, a ball bouncing, a person waving, a flower growing.
  • Draw a picture on the back page. Then draw a slightly different picture on the next page, in the same position. Keep changing the picture very slightly for each page.
  • When you have finished the book, use your thumb to flick through the pages, and watch your animation come to life!

Have fun making shadow puppets for a shadow theatre

Create your own shadow puppet and try it out on a shadow screen…

  • Have a look at our example puppets, and see how they work on the shadow screen. Have a go at operating them and see how you can make them move.
  • Decide on a design for your puppet.
  • If you are making your own puppet, think about where you would like the moving parts, for example, a waving arm, or a kicking leg. Keep it simple, as it is hard to move lots of different parts.
  • Draw the puppet onto the card. Draw each part separately, as you will join them together once they are cut out. Ask for help if you’re not sure how to do it.
  • Carefully cut out the separate pieces of the puppet.
  • If you want to make your puppets colourful, you can cut out sections in the middle and tape coloured cellophane over these areas. When you use them on the shadow screen, the light will shine through the cellophane and show up as colours.
  • To make the joints of the puppet, cut out holes with a hole punch, then attach two pieces together using a paper fastener. Make sure the joint is not too tight.
  • When the whole puppet is joined up, attach sticks to the back of the puppet using masking tape. You will use these sticks to make the puppet move, so attach one to the main body, and one to any moving parts.
  • If you want to, you can decorate your puppet, but remember you will only see the shadow through the screen. You could try taping bits to the edges, e.g. a feather on a puppet’s head.

Reset MyRAMM password

Sorry, there was a problem resetting your password, please try again.

Your password, has been successfully reset, please close this popup and login.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions (Terms) apply to the entire contents of this website. Please read these Terms carefully before using this website. Using this website indicates that you accept these Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, please do not use this website.
  1. These Terms shall constitute an agreement between you and us and shall set out the conditions upon which you may access the information available on this website
  2. We reserve the right to change these Terms, at any time and to notify you by posting an updated version of these Terms on this website, at which point they will become immediately effective
  3. Your continued use of this website after any changes referred to in clause 2 shall constitute your consent to such changes
  4. Access to this website may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair, or for reasons beyond our control
  5. We reserve the right to, without notice, withdraw the availability of this website or any of its content and/or any of its functions, information or services
  6. We cannot guarantee uninterrupted and/or reliable access to this website and we make no guarantees whatsoever as to its operation, functionality or otherwise
  7. You are allowed to view, download and print out content from this website for personal use only in accordance with these Terms. All other copying whether electronic, hard copy or other format is prohibited and all other rights are reserved
  8. You shall only use this website in a manner that is consistent with these Terms and in such a way as to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and in particular, that you shall not (or not attempt to):
    • seek unauthorised access to our network or computer system
    • insert or knowingly or recklessly transmit or distribute a virus into our network and computer systems
  9. All copyright and all other intellectual property rights existing in this website (including, but not limited to, all design, text, graphics and the selection or arrangement thereof) are and remain our property
  10. The expression 'copyright' shall include the entire copyright, design right, rental right, right to authorise or prohibit lending and data right subsisting now or created at any time
  11. While we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate, complete and up-to-date, we make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of such information
  12. We make no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, that this website or any software of any nature available on, downloaded or otherwise obtained from it, will be free from defects or viruses. Your use of this website is at your own risk
  13. We make no representations or warranties as to whether the information available on this website complies with the regulatory regime of countries from which the pages of this website may be accessed
  14. We may log your IP address (which indicates the location of your computer on the Internet) for the purpose of systems administration and troubleshooting.
  15. If you provide your e-mail address in order to submit an enquiry, comment or request for further information, we may contact you regarding your enquiry, comment or request. We may also send e-mails to you about the services that we offer.
  16. From time to time we may provide your information to our marketing or IT departments for research and analysis purposes so that we can monitor and improve the services we provide. We may occasionally contact you by post, email or telephone to ask you for your feedback and comments on our services.
  17. The failure by us to insist on any occasion upon performance of these Terms shall not thereby act as a waiver of such a breach or an acceptance of any variation of these Terms
  18. A person who is not a party to these Terms may not enforce any of its terms or conditions under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
  19. These Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in all respects in accordance with the Laws of England