Don’t we just love DIYs?
DIY items help us to have things without spending as much money as we would when buying in the market or buying one. As a fun activity for DIYs, this one can be done, with, and for your kids.
It is called thaumatrope. The famous Victorian toy, the thaumatrope is one of the easiest ways to seduce: a disc-shaped toy with different designs on both sides that appears to combine into a single image when thrown.
Doing thaumatrope, though you may not believe it is a simple easy task. However, it is a relaxed process and uses a few basic art objects.
My 7 and 9-year-old daughters do a lot of this – they have tried all the different combinations, and stay busy for about an hour.
• a cup or container about 3 inches wide (tracing)
• White paper, pencils, and markers
• scissors, tape, and glue (rubber cement or glue stick)
• sticks (any wooden dowel)
This DIY guide is suitable for kids of any age with the help of an adult. However, children 6 years and older can do this on their own.
5-10 minutes for each thaumatrope
Using a cup or bowl, trace the circles – in pairs – on white paper or cardboard. Now, think of a simple picture and cut it out of your mind. Draw one part of the circle and another circle. Draw them to make one complete picture when you circle them.
Use markers to complete them; solid colors work very well.
Now cut out both circles and paste the sticks behind one of the circles. Make sure the chopstick points down from the bottom of the image. Next, attach another circle to the top.
Press firmly, so that they stick together. Again, rubber cement is the best choice when working with paper – so rub both pieces of paper in a thin layer, let them dry and glue them. Glue sticks also work well in this step.
Now make your artwork spin. Hold the sticks between your hands and rub them back and forth as fast as you can. Tada! Two pictures become one!
For more fun DIY challenges, visit Curious Jane, founded by donor Samantha Razook Murphy, with after-school project-based programs and summer camps that are in line with innovation in the science of art advertising.
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