Whether for rainy days, teaching colonial America, a beginning or end of the year activity, teaching optics, or simply something to do on a light Friday afternoon at the end of a gruesome week of state standardized testing, this easy activity is bound to capture your students' attention and interest.
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 cardinal in a cage or a spider in its web.
I originally created the "cardinal" thaumatrope after watching Johnny Depp operate a similar one in the motion picture "Sleepy Hollow" some years ago. Since then, I have used it every year - much to my children's delight - in math, language arts, science, social studies, or simply as a reward for good conduct and behavior.
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, and a small diameter hole punch. That's it.
Included in this packet are a "cardinal" thaumatrope and a "spider" thaumatrope, as well as a detailed set of instructions.
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