Help Build Science Skills: Kaleidoscope

Assembling the kaleidoscope is a fun activity for older children to do by themselves. With a little assistance, small children can also participate, and will enjoy the end result of looking through the kaleidoscope at the different colors and shapes.

What this activity will develop:
Science and thinking skills

What you'll need:
• Snack can with lid and silver interior
• Scissors or knife
• Lightweight cardboard
• Mylar or two mirrors
• Glue
• Styrofoam tray
• Tape
• Clear plastic
• Sequins, glitter, buttons, colored cellophane
• Decorative adhesive paper

Setting up:
Cut the bottom from the can.

Cut a sheet of cardboard that when folded in a V-shape will fit inside the can vertically.

Cover one side of the cardboard with Mylar, or glue on the two mirrors.

Fold the cardboard into a V-shape, with the mirrored side facing in. Place the cardboard in the can.

Cut a circle from the Styrofoam using the can lid as a pattern. Cut a hole about the size of a quarter in the center of the circle. Tape the circle to the top of the can to make the eyepiece.

Cut a circle from the clear plastic and a narrow ring from the Styrofoam using the lid as a pattern. Fit the Styrofoam ring inside the lid.

Place the small objects in the lid. Place the plastic circle on top and tape it so that the edges are secure.

Tape the lid onto the bottom of the can.

Cover the can with decorative paper

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