Science Week activity – Flying Object Animation Challenge

To celebrate Science week (Aug 14-20th) we had a “Flying Object Challenge” at our clay animation workshop. The aim was to see if we could make some of our clay figures or objects appear to fly in our animations – no hands allowed in shot!

Clay animation flying object challenge Science Week

The children embraced the challenge with lots of enthusiasm. From birds to flies to worms and even flying people, there were lots of ideas. We gave them a list of items that they could use to support their clay objects, it was up to them then to make a rig that could support their objects, make them balance and move in their animations.


Try it at home!

If you would like to play along at home, collect the following items and have a go:

You have the following items at your disposal:

Art STEM challenge animation flying objects

Pencils or pens

Fishing line or thin cotton thread

Paper clips

Masking tape

Blue tack



There are a few challenges to this, it is not as easy as it sounds! We would love to hear how you go.

  • How do you do it?
  • How do you make it balance?
  • How do you stop it swinging?

stop motion animation rig stop motion animation rig

Our workshop animators used objects made from clay, but you can use anything to make a flying object.

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