Experience the history of moving pictures—and take home an easy-to-build product reminiscent of the automata in Curious Contraptions, the Exploratorium’s winter exhibition.
Create the moving image of a horse galloping using a FlipBooKit box, 24 printed flip cards, spindle assembly parts, snap rivets, a plastic flipper and page catch, and an instruction set.
Assemble the kit in minutes, turn the crank, and enjoy a historic image that connects to The Horse in Motion, one of history’s first photographic moving pictures. Building a hand-cranked movie machine is the perfect activity for a holiday evening and for pondering the age-old question: When a horse gallops, do all four hooves leave the ground simultaneously?
(DIY blank cards not included)