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Learn more about motion pictures by making a flip book

Suitable For

Grade 4



Time Required

 <1 Hour



What’s it about?

Motion pictures work by rapidly projecting a series of still drawings or photographs recorded on film in sequence onto a movie screen. ‘Vision’ is the ability of our brains and eyes working together to make the images on the screen appear as if they are moving! Make your own movie in this science experiment with a simple flip book:

Topics covered

Retina, Persistence of vision, Motion picture

What will I need?


Procedure (Method)

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

This science experiment works as a result of your hands being able to flip through the drawings faster than your eye can see. Your eyes sees the first drawing for a fraction of a second, and then the next drawing appears before your eyes have a chance to react. The first image is retained on the ‘retina’ of your eye for a fraction of a second (about 1/20 of a second) in a process called ‘persistence of vision’. Because of the ‘persistence of vision’ phenomenon, the effect is that you see objects that appear to move.

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