Skill: Combine STEM with Art using an Optical Toy
Children explore the scientific principle known as persistence of vision, the basis of how animation works, by combining STEM with Art! A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. It uses the principles of persistence of vision to blend two pictures into one! Thaumatropes are often seen as important antecedents of motion pictures and in particular of animation!
Book: Tiger in My Soup
Author: Kashmira Sheth, Illustrator: Jeffrey Ebbeler
An adventurous boy defeats an unlikely foe in this story of reading, imagination, and tigers!
Activity: Make a Thaumatrope
A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. It uses the principles of persistence of vision to blend two pictures into one!
"This book is unlike any other picture book we've read -- just thrilling! Also, my daughter went gaga over the thaumatrope activity. It's pretty magical when the optical illusion takes effect. She even took the box to school for Science Day!"
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