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Here are a few of videos that demonstrate how to make a Thaumatrope and/or how one works.  Note how they have certain basic elements (two sided, spinning, etc.) but they are different in detail and design. 

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What is this thing?
thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision. (wikipedia)


Assessment will center around process and product.

Ask yourself:

  • Are each of the images clear?
  • Do the images align when flipped?
  • Is my design creative and unique?
  • Does it work?