Thaumatropes

Introduction

Thaumatropes are old-fashioned optical illusions, or “tricks of the eye,” that date back to the 1820s. Here’s how to make one for yourself!

Materials
  • 2 circles of white cardstock

  • Markers

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Tape

  • String

We have included a printable guide for the circles in the PDF below. If you don't have a printer, you can also draw your own circles or trace the circles in the guide by holding the paper up to the screen.

A Halloween Spin

It’s aliiiiveee! Make an optical illusion the whole family can enjoy with Thaumatropes. Draw images on either side of a paper disk, spin and watch the hocus pocus! All you’ll need is some sturdy paper or cardboard, string, markers and creativity. Make a jack-o'-lantern without all the mess … or give a skeleton some moves.

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