Easy Kiddo Kaleidoscope

Here’s an easy beginner level kaleidoscope activity for the kiddos!  This DIY requires minimum craft supplies and you probably have most of the supplies laying around the house.  Let’s get started!

  • cardboard pieces (no more than 12 inches)
  • aluminum foil
  • confetti or beads (shimmery notions)
  • rubber cement (glue)
  • Exacto knife (cutting tools)
  • Your choice of decorations
  • plastic sandwich bag
  • ruler
  • black construction paper
  • pencil
  • rubber bands
Step 1
First cut your cardboard into your desired length.  We cut ours 12 inches long and 6 inches wide.  This was just the right size for the toilet tissue tube, and it gave some wiggle room for error.
Step 2
Next you need to glue your foil down to the cardboard.  Try to get the foil as smooth as possible for better reflection.
Step 3
Next, we cut pieces from the cardboard to the size of the toilet tissue tube with our Exacto knife.  We searched the web and  1 x 4 1/3 inches (3 x 11cm) works well.  Be careful not to rip your foil.  After you cut your pieces of cardboard out, you should tape the pieces together foil side facing inward into a triangular tube.
Step 4
Now your ready to insert your triangular tube into the tissue tube.  You’ll need to plastic sandwich bags.  One you’ll tape to the bottom of the kaleidoscope leaving a slight pocket to fill with your gems! Place the second baggy over the gems and secure with the rubber band.
Step 5
Use your toilet tissue tube and trace a circle slightly larger than the tube to make a peephole for your kaleidoscope. After you make your circle cut it out and tape it around the topside of the kaleidoscope.
That’s it your all done!  Give this simple kaleidoscope a try.  The kiddos will love it!  We spent some time outside to get really good light and enjoyed all of the different shapes the kaleidoscope makes.  Science project check!  We’ll revisit this one and get a bit more complex. Have fun and tell us how yours turned out!

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