How To Animate A Letter In Scratch

This is a step to step guide, explaining how to animate a letter in Scratch. In this post, in the end, we will achieve a sprite which can change colour and do lots of other things. Before we begin, you will need an account in Scratch. If you don’t have one then, head to https://trushil.net/scratch/2019/09/how-to-create-an-account-in-scratch/ .

To start, choose the first letter of your username, initials, or favourite word.

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Click this icon  to choose a new sprite:

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Then select one of the letters in the Sprite library:

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Tip: If you don’t want the cat in your project, you can delete it using the scissors tool.

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Click on the scissors, then click on the cat.

Make the letter change colour whenever it’s clicked.

Build a script like this:

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Now you can click your letter on the Stage to see its colour change:

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Click the Sounds tab, then click :

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Select ‘zoop’ or another sound.

Then, click the Scripts tab. Build a script like this:

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Click on your letter to run the script:

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Click the  icon to open the Backdrop library:

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Choose the backdrop you want (such as “boardwalk” or “circles”).

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To add the second letter of your name, make a new sprite.

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You can draw the letter by clicking the  icon:

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You can draw using the paint tools:

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Or, type the letter using the text tool: 

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Want to choose the letter instead? Click the icon to choose from the Sprite library.

Animate the second letter of your name.

Build a script to make it spin:

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You can add a play sound block:

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Try different numbers to adjust the spin.

Tip: To reset the sprite’s angle, click this block in the Motion category:

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Add and animate the other letters in your name.

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CHANGE SIZE

Make your letter grow and shrink when you click it:

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GLIDE

Make your letter glide when you click it:

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Tip: When you drag a sprite to the position you want on the Stage, the glide blocks in the palette will update with its current x and y position.

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You can try adding other blocks to see what they do.

Trushil Shah

Author: Trushil Shah

My name is Trushil Shah and I am 10 years old. I live in Australia, a multicultural country. I have a little sister. Here are many things I like to do, to see, and to experience. I like to play sports, study, do technology experiencing, go out into the world, read, write, see the lunar eclipses by a glimpse, share time with my family, code in scratch and most of all have fun. I like flowers in spring, rain in summer, leaves in autumn, and snow in winter. I want to be a doctor or engineer when I grow up. I like many different types of food. My favourite subject of all is Maths. I am always trying to do my best. Whatever I do I want to do best.

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