Jack and Beverly offer some toys for download in the Optical Toys section of their website. Their zoetrope is reprinted from a 1905 supplement to the New York Sunday American and Journal, and their Thaumatrope comes from an 1874 book entitled "Every Boy His Own Toy-Maker".

I suggest you subvert the author's intentions and let the girls in your class build these too.

Both of these toys provide an engaging and interactive historical look into the roots of animation. Although not available for download, be sure to check out the praxinoscope, flip books and mutoscopes, and the phenakistoscopes.


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