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Bonny of Mesa, AZ 


What you need for this ZOOMdo:
  • empty 42 oz. oatmeal container
  • black construction paper
  • black paint
  • empty thread spool
  • six by six inch piece of cardboard
  • white paper cut into strips 16 inches long
  • short pencil
  • markers
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • clay
What you do for this ZOOMdo:

  1. A Zoetrope is an animation toy that makes drawings look like they are moving. Our Zoetrope is made out an empty oatmeal container. When you spin it and look through the slits, it animates the drawings.
  2. First, cut the oatmeal container in half. You may want an adult to help you with this part.
  3. Cover the outside of the container with black construction paper. Paint the inside black.
  4. Make 12 slits on the top of the container. It's a good idea to draw the slits before you cut them. They should be about an inch apart, 1/8 of an inch wide, and one inch long. A good way to make the slits is to cut on either side of the slit, bend the piece of cardboard down and then cut it off. You might need to ask a grownup to help you with this part, too.
  5. Put the container in the middle of the cardboard square and tape it down.
  6. Using the point of the pencil, make a hole through the bottom of the container and through the cardboard square.
  7. Put the pencil into the hole so the eraser is facing up.
  8. Put your empty thread spool under the cardboard square and put the pointy end of the pencil into the hole in the thread spool.
  9. If your Zoetrope wobbles when you spin it, put some clay on top of the pencil.
  10. Now you need to make your drawings. Take a strip of white paper and make a drawing about every inch. Make 12 drawings in all (one for each slit). Change the drawing a little bit each time. (For example, you could draw a person doing jumping jacks, and draw the person in a different position each time.)
  11. Tape your drawings inside the Zoetrope, lining the drawings up with the slits, and give it a spin! Look through the slits and you can see your drawings come to life!
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