Animating children

Traditionally, coordinating animation across multiple children has been an involved process.

With Pose for Vue, it’s as simple as animating just one. It looks like this:

const Component = {
  components: {
    Parent: posed.ul(ulPoses),
  template: `
    <Parent :pose="currentPose">
      <Child v-for="items in item" v-bind:key="item" />

Whenever a posed component changes pose, that change is communicated throughout all of its children components. Even if they’re not direct children, they still update accordingly.

This makes it super-simple to, for instance, make page-wide route transitions.


To demonstrate animating children, we’re going to create this sidebar animation:

Follow along by forking this CodeSandbox.

Sidebar (parent)

In our sandbox, look in the script section. We’re exporting a component that simply toggles an isVisible boolean every two seconds.

Our template is currently empty, so let’s add a Sidebar that open and closes depending on the status of isVisible.

Add a new property to our exported component called components. In it, add a Sidebar posed component with a couple of poses, 'visible' and 'hidden':

components: {
  Sidebar: posed.ul({
    visible: { x: 0 },
    hidden: { x: '-100%' }

In our template section, lets render this Sidebar component, passing it either a 'visible' or 'hidden' pose depending on isVisible:

  <Sidebar class="sidebar" :pose="isVisible ? 'visible' : 'hidden'" />

Already, we can see our sidebar peeking in and out of our page. Let’s add some items to it.

Items (children)

We need a new posed component, this time called Item. Add it to components:

  visible: { opacity: 1, y: 0 },
  hidden: { opacity: 0, y: 20 }

We can render this by iterating over the items array being created our exported component’s data function. Pass this as a child of Sidebar:

  <Sidebar class="sidebar" :pose="isVisible ? 'visible': 'hidden'">
    <Item class="item" v-for="item in items" v-bind:key="item" />

We’ve only passed pose to Sidebar, but all our Items are animating in and out, too!

In this example, Item is a direct child of Sidebar, but this will still work if it was a far descendant of Sidebar. You could even add children to Item and those would be animated correctly, too.

Scheduling animations

Currently, our children animations are being fired at the exact same time as the parent. But, often we’d prefer the child animations to be delayed or staggered.

Luckily, we’ve got properties for that!


The delay property can be used to delay the animation on the current poser, without affecting the execution of child animations.

So by setting delay: 300 on the sidebar’s closed pose, the children will all animate out before the sidebar itself.

Sidebar: posed.ul({
  open: { x: '0%' },
  closed: { x: '-100%', delay: 300 }


Conversely, the delayChildren property can be used to delay all the children animations.

By setting delayChildren on the sidebar’s open pose, we can animate the sidebar out and then animate the children in:

Sidebar: posed.ul({
  open: { x: '0%', delayChildren: 200 },
  closed: { x: '-100%', delay: 300 }


Rather than animating all the children in at once, it’s possible to stagger them in individually. The staggerChildren prop can be used to determine the delay between each one, starting from after the delayChildren duration:

Sidebar: posed.ul({
  open: {
    x: '0%',
    delayChildren: 200,
    staggerChildren: 50
  closed: { x: '-100%', delay: 300 },
  initialPose: 'closed'


staggerDirection can be used to determine which order we stagger over the children in. It can either be 1 (first to last, default), or -1 (last to first).


Setting either beforeChildren or afterChildren props to true will make the parent animation play before or after any children animations.