Discuss how to find the center of a circle. Define radius, circumference and diameter.
During the depression, many people did not have a lot of money to buy toys, so children often found creative and innovative ways to make their own. Talk about other popular toys from this era.
Come up with fun rhyming words to go with this new toy, like cat and hat and have a picture of a cat on one side and a hat on the other. Try using compound vocabulary words like HOPE on one side and FULL on the other, so when spinning it makes the word HOPEFUL.
Discuss energy and motion.What forces are at work? How is the speed of the spin determined? What direction is the toy spinning, clockwise or counterclockwise? What controls how long the toy will spin? Have fun finding these answers together as a class, as everyone gets into the spin of things.
Try creating a dance while keeping the traumatrope in motion. What is the controlling factor, the toy, the person or the music? Try different types of music with different beats..
Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Traumatrope Activity
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