Let’s Animate

Last week, you created a mini-book using a hole for inspiration.  This week, the hole will inspire us to create an animation. You might recall How to Make a Quick and Easy Flipbook from last year. This year we will use technology to help us!


The Hole Story

“Hello, I’ve discovered a hole in my apartment… it moves around… yes… if you could come and look at it…bring it down to you, you say… how… hello!” The main character discovered a hole and tries to find an explanation. He seeks expert advice. But not everything can be explained. Perhaps he will just have to accept that it’s there!

There’s a hole in an animated movie. Watch to find out when Pencilmate falls into a hole. Will Pencilmiss be able to help him out?


  1. Let’s make our own “hole” story.  Today we will use minibooks to create a story with a hole.
  2.  Learn how to make a mini notebook for another story – Easy Mini Notebook from One Sheet of Paper.
  3. Play the logic game, Hook.

The Book with a Hole

the_book_with_a_hole_9999_large“The Book with a Hole blasts a hole through the middle of the book itself. Sometimes the hole is an eye the reader can look through; sometimes it is a mouth and the reader’s fingers make the teeth! The next minute it is a plate (with food drawn by the reader on a sheet of paper behind the book), an obstacle to jump across, or a saucepan. It’s crazy! It’s a Book with a Hole!” 

Challenge: Write another page(s) to Herve Tullet’s book.

Extra time?  Try this logic game, Hook.

A Hole

Challenge: Cut a hole large enough to fit your whole body through the piece of paper.




1. Use 8 1/2 X 11 and cut a hole big enough for your entire class.

2. Use a post-it.  Cut a hole for you to fit.

3. What adjustments will you make for an entire school to fit in a piece of paper?  Try it!

Rebus Puzzles

A rebus is a puzzle device which combines the use of illustrated pictures with individual letters to depict words and/or phrases.   Remember when you needed pictures to help your read a story – When Small is Tall.  Now you need pictures to give you clues to solve puzzles.



Here are two examples:

Let’s have fun practicing, drawing our own and/or generating with a computer – Rebus Generator.


The tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It is one of the most popular puzzles in the world. Tangrams are an excellent way to increase mental and visual skills. Using imagination, geometrical shapes, letters, numbers, figures, boats, animals and objects can bring great fun along with a challenge.

Let’s play online!