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Catherine Romano blogs about crafty projects for kids and parents

September in Toronto means more than back-to-school, it is also time for TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Even though TIFF films are not entirely kid-friendly, I still found a way to let my love of film inspire a new (and very simple) Make It! project.

Check it out, we made a flip book.

Flip books contain a series of images that gradually change on each successive page. When the pages are ‘flipped’ rapidly, the image appears to be moving. Making a flip book is quite simple and only requires a pen and few sheets of paper.

1.  Decide on the image you want to draw (I choose to animate a mad face to a happy face, and a static doll to a dancing doll)
2.  Starting from the last page in your note pad or post-it note, draw the first image.

3.  Next, turn the page and draw the same image, with a subtle difference. For example, in my dancing doll flip book, the first image was a static doll, and in the next image, the doll was jumping into the air. Slowly, the doll started to dance around the page.

4. Once all of the images are drawn, try out the flip book. If the image appears to be moving, success!

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto from New York City. Since making a few of her dreams come true in the Big Apple, completing graduate school and working in arts management at New York City Ballet, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom to her young son. Now, back in Toronto, she embarks on an exciting adventure with her new love and lively 3-year-old son. For more art, design and culture for kids and parents, check out Catherine’s blog, sweet spectacle and follow her on Twitter @catromano

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