This Halloween season, capture your students' interest and fascination with these 6 simple and inexpensive colonial craft activities.
When the string is spun rapidly between your thumbs and index fingers, the pictures on the front and back of the thaumatrope appear to merge together, thus creating the illusion of a single image, whether a spider in its web or bats flying in front of the moon.
Thaumatropes are relatively easy to construct and require but a single class period. I recommend printing them on heavy stock, but you could also print them on regular paper with a piece of manila or light cardboard glued in between. Besides paper, you will also need glue sticks, scissors, a ball of kite (or similar thin) string, a pen (or fine point marker) and a small diameter hole punch. That's it.
Included in this packet are:
- A "smiling" Jack-O-Lantern thaumatrope
- A variant "evil" Jack-O-Lantern thaumatrope
- A spider in its web thaumatrope
- A bat flying in front of the moon thaumatrope
- A variant thaumatrope of 3 bats flying in front of the moon
- A gravestone thaumatrope
- A general set of instructions
- A set of specific instructions for the gravestone thaumatrope
Best yet, the kids get to "personalize" the gravestone thaumatrope with their very own names. Thus, when the gravestone thaumatrope is set in motion, the children will see their first name "etched" upon the gravestone.
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