Lesson Plan

Lesson: Loops and Animation
Time: 60+ mins


Things are about to get animated! In this lesson, students will use multiple costumes in a loop to animate Gus.

Code Blocks

  • : Start the program when the play button is selected.
  • : Keep repeating the blocks inside this loop forever.
  • : Repeat blocks inside this loop a specified number of times.
  • : Change the Actor’s costume.
  • : Pause the program for a specific number of seconds.
  • : Play the specified sound file and wait until it is finished playing.


  • Stage: The background of the project where the Actors are placed
  • Animation: Changing costumes (pictures) of an Actor many times to give the illusion of movement


Students will...
  • Add a background and music to a scene
  • Use code blocks to animate characters


  • Computers, laptops, or mobile devices (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com

Warm-Up (15 minutes)

1. Ask students what they think of when they hear the word "animation."
2. If your students have completed other Tynker courses (e.g., Programming 101), ask them to give examples of how they’ve animated Actors or characters using Tynker. (e.g., Made a character look like it’s moving by switching costumes)
3. Lead a discussion that explains how animation is created (e.g., series of still images).
4. Use your projector to display Tynker animation examples: https://www.tynker.com/programming-for-kids/explore/projects.html and explain to your students that in this lesson, they’ll create their own animations using loops!

Activities (45 minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all Loops and Animation modules on their own:
1. Introduction (Video)
  • Students will watch a short video that introduces the upcoming programming activities.
  • Optional: Read the captions on the screen to your students.
2. Play the Game (Example)
  • This module is an example of an animated space game. Students need to collect 3 power cells and jump over obstacles to win the game!
3. Concepts (Video)
  • This module introduces three new concepts: Actors, costumes, and code blocks.
  • Optional: Read through the concepts as a class, answering potential student questions.
4. Animate Gus Example (Example)
  • In this module, students will view a space project of Gus walking in place, which they will create their own version of in the next module!
  • Tell students to select the red button to move on to the next module.
5. Animate Gus (DIY)
  • In this DIY project, students will follow step-by-step directions to learn the basics of creating a walking animation for Gus the astronaut!
  • Emphasize to students that the "on start" block combined with the "forever" block can make something happen constantly while the program is running. In this project, we want Gus to be constantly switching from costume to costume, with short waits in between changes.
  • Optional: Ask your class if anyone can explain why the "wait 0.05" block is important. What would happen if we removed the "wait" block? What happens if we change the "wait" time to a higher value?
6. Fix the Animation Speed (Puzzle)
  • To solve this puzzle module, students need to adjust the animation speed ("wait" time) so that Gus’s walk matches the moving background.
  • Are students struggling? Ask, "How can we make Gus walk faster or slower?" (Changing the value of the "wait" block to a larger number will make Gus’ walk animation slower, and changing the value of the "wait" block to a smaller number will speed up the costume change, making Gus’ walk animation faster)
7. Animate Your Own Example (Video)
  • In this module, students will view an example of an animated space project with aliens!
8. Animate Your Own (DIY)
  • In this DIY project, students will create a unique animated scene with three aliens and background music!
  • Encourage students to share their project with their neighbor and brainstorm ways they can improve it.
9. Quiz (Multiple Choice)
  • Students will answer 5 multiple choice questions to review concepts covered in this lesson.

Extended Activities (10 minutes)

Ask your students...
  • What are some code blocks we used to animate Actors? ("next costume", "wait", and "forever" code blocks)
  • What is repetition? What is another name for it? (loop)
  • How would you describe "animation" to a random student who doesn’t know what it means?
  • True or false: A Counting loop is a loop that repeats a specific number of times. (true)
  • If we want to use a Counting loop, should we use a "forever" block or a "repeat" block? (repeat)
  • True or false: An Infinite loop is a loop that does not end until the program stops. (true)
  • If we want to use an Infinite loop, should we use a "forever" block or a "repeat" block? (forever)

U.S. Standards

  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: RF.1.1, RF.2.4, RF.2.4.A, RF.3.4.A, RF.4.4.A, RI.2.6
  • CSTA: 1B-AP-10, 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-15
  • CS CA: 3-5.AP.12, 3-5.AP.13, 3-5.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b
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Lesson 1
27 Slides
Lesson 2
Loops and Animation
19 Slides
Lesson 3
Creating a Scene
21 Slides
Lesson 4
Jumping over Obstacles
20 Slides
Lesson 5
23 Slides
Lesson 6
User Interaction
19 Slides
Lesson 7
Guessing Game
22 Slides
Lesson 8
20 Slides
Lesson 9
Alien Invaders
17 Slides
Lesson 10
Music and Animation
18 Slides
Lesson 11
Instruments and Tempo
19 Slides
Lesson 12
Broadcasting Messages
18 Slides
Lesson 13
Time Limits
17 Slides
Lesson 14
Message Driven Programming
18 Slides
Lesson 15
Pop the Balloon
18 Slides
Lesson 16
Animation with Movement
18 Slides
Lesson 17
Obstacle Course
19 Slides