Starting With Blender: Learn One Instrument at a Time

For this month's Manchester CoderDojo the boys and I decided that we wanted to start doing 3D animation using Blender. None of us knew anything about 3D or Blender before. Let me share one critical observation from three-weeks of head-spinning YouTube videos:

 Blender comprises so many tools that trying to learn them all at once
 it is like trying to learn to play all the instruments in an orchestra
 at the same time. You need to focus on one area to start with.

We ended up focusing on animation with reasonable success.