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DIY Thaumatrope Spinning Toy

By: Lisa Fyfe from
DIY Thaumatrope Spinning Toy
DIY Thaumatrope Spinning Toy
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Introduce children to the amazing world of optical illusions with this DIY Thaumatrope Spinning Toy, an at-home craft that is anything but ordinary. The secret behind this classic animation toy centers around two separate images that, when put together, create one cohesive picture. The pairing possibilities are endless, and with a simple spin of the handle, your child will watch in awe as the two images magically create a stunning scene. With a little creativity, you can add a touch of whimsy to your day with this unique and impressive spinning toy.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Paper Crafting

Type of Paper UsedCardstock


Project TypeMake a Project

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What a great idea. I haven't seen these since I was a grade school student. That's about the time of the dinosaurs. I had forgotten all about these. Now I can make them for my grand kids and they will think grandma can do magic. Thank you so much for bringing back great memories and making it possible for me to make new ones too.


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