December Badge of the Month: Animation

Written by Charlotte Allen

Each month we're going to feature a 'Badge of the Month' that members of The Hive can try together. The idea is that even though we're an online group, we can still all come together to do the same thing and share our experiences, tips and thoughts on it.

For our sixth Badge of the Month, we are going to focus on ‘animation’, which is a Rangers interest badge. This could be a really cool Christmas project, or maybe it's something that has interested you for a long time!

We've set out the syllabus below and would love it if you gave it a go and updated us with your progress. You could write up a blog telling us the different techniques you used to make the animation!


1. Create your own character

Your character should represent you in some way - you should have some kind of shared view or trait. Be inventive! Think of your character’s backstory, what they look like and what personality they have. Present your character in the way that best suits you… and them! Take a look at this list for inspiration.

2. Storyboard it

The story will need to be short – but the storyboard should be detailed. What will each scene look like? Are there any other characters? What is the dialogue (if any)?

If you need inspiration think about your favourite short stories, or you could even find ideas in jokes, nursery rhymes, songs or poems.

3. Get animated

You can use any animation technique you like, including a flip-book, computer animation or a stop-motion animation using clay models, puppets or photos.

Different types of animation take different lengths of time, so you may need to adapt your animation style to suit the length of your story, as well as your own skills and interests.

Once you’ve created an animation you’re proud of, share it with others, telling them about the techniques you used to make it!

Read the full syllabus and some more tips on the Girlguiding website, here.

Got an idea for our next Badge of the Month? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy badging!

The Hive Team

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