How to Make a Thaumatrope

A thaumatrope is a paper disk or rectangle with a different drawings or images on each side. However, when you spin it around fast and continually, the two images appear to blend as one.

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How to Make a Thaumatrope
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Here are the materials you will need for the circular Thaumatrope. Please refer to the materials list.

Here are the materials you will need for the circular Thaumatrope. Please refer to the materials list.

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Download the template and print it in a card stock. https://goo.gl/Qezff9

Download the template and print it in a card stock. goo.gl/Qezff9

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Cut and separate a pair of circle from the rest.

Cut and separate a pair of circle from the rest.

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Draw a subject of your choices. Remember that the two pictures that you draw need to have a relationship. For example it can be bird flapping its wings...

Draw a subject of your choices. Remember that the two pictures that you draw need to have a relationship. For example it can be bird flapping its wings...

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Carefully center your drawings and try to keep them the same size. You can copy just parts of the first drawing into the second, and make small or dramatic changes to the second.

Carefully center your drawings and try to keep them the same size. You can copy just parts of the first drawing into the second, and make small or dramatic changes to the second.

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Now cut the outside of the two circles.

Now cut the outside of the two circles.

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Note that the bird is at the same position with different motion.

Note that the bird is at the same position with different motion.

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Apply the glue stick to the back of one of the circles.

Apply the glue stick to the back of one of the circles.

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Line up the animation with one circle at it's right side up and the other up-side down. Then press them together.

Line up the animation with one circle at it's right side up and the other up-side down. Then press them together.

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Front view...

Front view...

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...and back view.

...and back view.

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Punch a hole on each side of the circle.

Punch a hole on each side of the circle.

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Pull a rubber band half way through the one hole.

Pull a rubber band half way through the one hole.

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Put one end of the rubber band through the loop of the other end of the rubber band.

Put one end of the rubber band through the loop of the other end of the rubber band.

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Hold the rubber band on each hand then twist the rubber band in the same direction back and ford. Tell us what you see!

Hold the rubber band on each hand then twist the rubber band in the same direction back and ford. Tell us what you see!

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We will use index cards and a drinking straw for this example of the Thaumatrope.

We will use index cards and a drinking straw for this example of the Thaumatrope.

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Get a piece of 3" by 5" index card.

Get a piece of 3" by 5" index card.

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Fold it in half - lengthwise. This is also called a "hamburger" fold

Fold it in half - lengthwise. This is also called a "hamburger" fold

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In the middle of the folded side, use the hole puncher to punch a half a hole on the paper.

In the middle of the folded side, use the hole puncher to punch a half a hole on the paper.

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When unfolded, it should have a complete hold with half on each side of the fold.

When unfolded, it should have a complete hold with half on each side of the fold.

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Draw the first movement on one side of the fold. Notice that the hole is below the drawing.

Draw the first movement on one side of the fold. Notice that the hole is below the drawing.

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Complete the second drawing on the other side of the fold - again working to line up both drawings.

Complete the second drawing on the other side of the fold - again working to line up both drawings.

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You may be able to hold the blank side of your drawing to a light and see it through the paper to trace.

You may be able to hold the blank side of your drawing to a light and see it through the paper to trace.

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Now add distinct changes to your second drawing. These changes could add new elements or complete parts of your drawing that were not in the first drawing.

Now add distinct changes to your second drawing. These changes could add new elements or complete parts of your drawing that were not in the first drawing.

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Color and decorate your drawings.

Color and decorate your drawings.

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Use the straw to go through the hole.

Use the straw to go through the hole.

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In the back of one drawing, put the straw half way through the length of that side.

In the back of one drawing, put the straw half way through the length of that side.

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Tape down the straw to the back of the drawing.

Tape down the straw to the back of the drawing.

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Make sure that the straw is in securely. Add more tape if needed.

Make sure that the straw is in securely. Add more tape if needed.

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Overlap a piece of tape on the top front of the drawing.

Overlap a piece of tape on the top front of the drawing.

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Wrap the tape around to tape the two sides together.

Wrap the tape around to tape the two sides together.

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Repeat the previous step to tape the two sides together.

Repeat the previous step to tape the two sides together.

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Now put your hand flat together with the straw in between, move your hands back and forward opposite from each other to make the Thaumatrope spin. What do you see?

Now put your hand flat together with the straw in between, move your hands back and forward opposite from each other to make the Thaumatrope spin. What do you see?

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