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Kids at the Museum
Thaumatrope, the Animation Toy - ages 6 - 12
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 or mounted on a stick. When the strings or stick are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision.
Artists will create a thaumatrope toy using their own or a tried and true design.
Examples of common thaumatrope pictures include a bare tree on one side of
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