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There are so many ways of using animations in your homeschooling projects. It makes the perfect project to use different technologies and equipment - but also goes really well with other subjects you may be studying.

We have used animations to bring history and nature to life - and as a creative way to take our own creative writing a step further. 

Animations aren't hard to make - once you have an idea for it! And of course, that can be the hard part. So I wanted to share some of the wonderful ways it can be used in homeschooling.

Here are some of the animation ideas I came up with.

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An animation is really just a moving story. So you need to have a story idea before you can begin. Than can be the hard part! Here are some ideas that I hope will inspire a story you can use.

  • Make a drawing come to life. Do you have a drawing you are proud of? Why not make it come to life?

  • Use a book or story you are enjoying and make a movie of it. Is there a particular chapter that inspires you? It would be fun to see if you could fit the whole book into a one minute film.

  • A day in your life. What do you do each day? Do you have a hobby that you could make a film about? Or what about making up a story about your pet.

  • Make an animation showing something in nature - a plant growing or an animal hunting. Or try animating the life cycle of a frog or butterfly. This type of thing is also good for time lapse photography

    Here is an short animation about Owls.

  • Show an historical event. Who do you admire? Is there a part of history that interests you? Could you bring dinosaurs back to life?

  • What about animating a natural event? Try animating a volcano erupting or an avalanche.

  • If you are making models for a homeschooling project (eg. Egyptian pyramids), why not use them to act out the day in the life of an Egyptian?

  • Write a movie script and use that for your animation.

  • Pick a song or piece of music that you like and make up an animation to go with it.

I hope that gives you some ideas to get you started. Check out how to make your own animation for more information about making animations.

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