‘Optic Wonder’ – Make Your Own Thaumatrope!
Friday, May 29, 2020
The thaumatrope was at the cutting edge of science in 1824 — and is still a favorite hands-on activity for kids (and adults!) today. This simple historic toy was a precursor to modern animation. Part science, part history and part art, the thaumatrope works on the idea of “persistence of vision,” a flaw in the eye that causes an image to linger momentarily in the brain. Twisting the strings rapidly makes the two images appear to merge into one cohesive picture.
- Download the PDF image by clicking here.
- Color the image.
- Cut out along the solid lines.
- Fold the thaumatrope in half, aligning the tabs.
- Use a hole punch to put holes through both tabs.
- Thread yarn through the holes and tie securely.
- Twist the yarn rapidly back and forth using the tips of your thumb and index finger.
- Watch the two images merge into one!