Make an Animation

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In this activity, learners make a device called a phenakistoscope, which displays a continuously looping animation consisting of images drawn onto a spinning disc. Learners can use the provided template and step-by-step instructions to make an animation of a pizza losing and gaining slices before making their own creation. The activity has good connections to math, media, and technology.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Cardboard (7in x 7in)
  • Glue stick
  • Markers
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Scissors
  • Thumbtack or pushpin
  • Printout out of the animation template


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Historical Reenactment
  • Photography and Film/Video


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