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Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks—handheld animations that you can make at home.

What is it?
This series of images depicts the first 48 hours of zebrafish development, starting at a single cell and ending as a hatched young fish. If you look carefully at individual pages, you will see cell division (pages 1-10), development of eyes and other organs (starting at page 21), and development of muscles and pigment (starting at page 28).
Try This
Make a flipbook of zebrafish development
    You will need:
  • 5 sheets of stiff 8.5 x 11 inch computer printer paper (cardstock or heavy photo paper work well)
  • a computer printer that will accept the heavy paper
  • a medium-sized binder clip
  • scissors
What to do
1 Download flipbook pages:
ALL (.zip, 1.37MB)
Single PDFS:
Page 1 (1MB)| Page 2 (1MB)| Page 3 (1MB)
Page 4 (1MB)| Page 5 (1MB)

2 Download Instructions (as necessary) (.doc)

3 Print each of the 5 PDF pages onto a sheet of 8.5 x 11" heavy paper (the files are in color, but you can print them in black and white, too).

4 Cut the flipbook pages on the dotted lines, including the blank pages on page 5. (Tip: To save time, cut the edges off of each sheet first; then cut down the center line, stack the two halves on top of each other, and cut out the individual "frames").

5 Stack the pages in order; add at least 5 blank pages to the end (this helps the book "flip" well).

6 Tap the stack of pages on a tabletop to make sure the right hand sides are lined up.

7 Clip Use the binder clip on the left side of the stack to hold your book together.

8 Flip!