For every high-tech creation, there’s always a low-tech invention that came before. Every movie, cartoon, and video game owes its action-packed origins to the humble but amazing zoetrope. With roots that date back thousands of years, this wheel lined with a series of drawings in sequence is capable of bringing still images to life with a simple spin. Look through the slot, give it a spin, and behold one of the oldest forms of animation! Then get inspired and create your own sequences. The creative possibilities are endless!
Fun fact: The word zoetrope comes from the Greek word zoe, meaning life, and tropos, meaning turning. Together, they translate to “wheel of life.” The term was first coined by American inventor William E. Lincoln.
Recommended AgesHowtoons kits are designed for ages 7-12 and are not recommended for children under 3.
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