Thaumatropes are so great  to make in my animation class. Cutting a perfect circle isn’t easy so I did a search for circular scissors and bought a couple of pairs for the toolbox and  we were able to recycle christmas cards to make ours! Click on the PDF link below for intstructions!

“A thaumatrope is a 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 “(Wiki)thaumatrope

Thaumatrope links


Victorian Thaumatropes

How to make a Thaumatrope

Wiki Link how to make a thaumatrope


Thaumatrope resources from the Glasgow Science Centre.

A great introduction to thaumatropes for young children from Whatwedoallday.

Bugs in a Jar thaumatrope with a template

Making a thaumatrope with a straw from What We Do All Day


More PDF Print outs of Thaumatrope  templates to try

Thamatrope handout from the Essanayfilm pdf download

BBC Victorian Games Handout and Download