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How To Make A Kaleidoscope

How To Make A Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes! Keeps the kids entertained, are fun to make, and lets you put your arts and craft skills to the test. Even our monkey Mike likes to make Kaleidoscopes!

Step 1: You will need

  • A pringles tube or similar
  • Plastic mirror
  • Craft knife
  • Gaffer tape
  • Foam padding
  • Thin card
  • Glue
  • Plastic
  • Colourful beads
  • Wrapping paper

Step 2: Cut the mirror

Remove the lid, and cut off the other end of your tube with a craft knife. Children should ask an adult to do this.

Cut out three rectangles of mirror the length of your tube, creating a cardboard template beforehand to ensure you get the right size and shape. Tape the triangle into shape with some gaffer tape.

Pad around the mirror with some foam padding to ensure it stays in place once the kaleidoscope is complete.

Step 3: The viewing chamber

Cut out a disc of thin card the size of your tube's end, and poke a hole through it's centre with a pen. Take this disc, and tape it over one end of the tube, this being the end to view through.

Take some more thin card and cut an inch wide strip, glue it so that it is the same width as the tubes end. Cut out two plastic discs the same size, and glue one to the cardboard ring, forming a small tub.

Fill this tub with transparent beads, marbles, glitter, or anything similar. Ensure you leave enough room for them to tumble around. Close the tub by glueing the second plastic disc to the tubs open end.

Step 4: Decorate

Leave the glue on the viewing chamber to dry, and then tape it to the thus far uncovered end of your tube. Decorate the tube with anything you want, whether it be paint, glitter, or wrapping paper.