Don’t we just love DIYs?
DIYs objects help us have stuff without spending as much as we would when buying off the market or shopping for one. Just like fun DIYs activities, this one can be done by, with, and for your kids.
It’s called a thaumatrope. A popular Victorian toy, a thaumatrope is one of the simplest forms of animation: a toy made up of a disk with different designs on either side that appear to blend into a single image when twirled.
Making a thaumatrope, although you may not believe it is an easy peasy task. However, it is virtually a mess-free process and uses just a few basic art supplies.
My 7 and 9 year olds daughters made a bunch of these – they tried all different combinations, and they stayed busy for almost an hour.
- a cup or a bowl about 3 inches in diameter (to trace)
- White paper, pencils, and markers
- a pair of scissors, tape, and glue(rubber cement or glue stick)
- chopsticks (or any wooden dowel)
This DIY guide is suitable for kids of any age with the help of a grown-up. Nonetheless, children 6 and older can comfortably make this by themselves.
5-10 minutes for each thaumatrope
Using the cup or bowl, trace circles – in pairs – on plain white paper or cardstock. Now, imagine a simple picture and cut it in half in your mind. Draw one part on one circle and the other part on the other circle. Draw them so that they make one complete picture if you lay the circles on top of each other.
Use markers to fill them in; strong colors work best.
Now cut out both circles and tape the chopsticks behind one of the circles. Make sure the chopstick points down from the bottom of the picture. After that, glue the other circle on top.
Press firmly, so they stick together. Again, rubber cement is the best choice when working with paper – so brush both pieces of paper with a thin layer, let them dry then attach them. Glue sticks also work fine for this step.
Now give your masterpiece a spin. Hold the chopsticks between your palms and rub them back and forth very fast. Tada! The two images become one!
For more fun DIYs challenges, visit Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, for project-based after-school programs and summer camps revolving around creativity in the arts ad sciences.
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