Ready for some super simple – and highly entertaining – animation lessons for your kids? Then join us today as we turn back the clock to the 19th century and find out how make our own “Living History” PHENAKISTOSCOPES!
The phenakistoscope is a simple but fascinating “science toy” that uses the persistence of motion principle to create an illusion of motion. Pronounced fen-a-kist-o-scope. Its name comes from the Greek words phenax, meaning ‘deceiver,’ and scopein, ‘to see’. It was developed in 1833 by Joseph Plateau as a toy that would make stationary images appear to be animated, These ideas eventually led to the development of cinema.
Today we have a pile of great links for you to learn more about animation history, and in the process make your own way cool phenakistoscopes!