Sunday, June 19, 2011

how to make a kaleidoscope {craft camp}

We've been working with the fabulous Cindy of Skip To My Lou almost since we started this blog almost three years ago. She is amazing. That's why we're so excited to be a part of Skip To My Lou's Craft Camp again this year! Our kids are still in school another week, but I can already hear that familiar summer refrain, "I'm bored, Mom!" Craft Camp is definitely my go-to list for summer boredom busters. So go check us out plus 29 other great crafts to do with your kids this summer over at Skip To My Lou!

My boys are very curious, so this is a cool craft that can also be a physics lesson (if you're so inclined).

How To Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

*Plastic report cover (mine came in a pack of 6, which will make at least 12 kaleidoscopes!)
*Empty paper towel tube (toilet paper rolls are too short!)
*Plastic wrap
*Wax paper
*Shiny objects (transparent are best--beads, plastic confetti, etc.)
*Paper cutter
*1/4" hole punch
*Rubber band
*Pencil, scissors, tape
*Patterned paper or construction paper

1. Cut a piece of report cover 11" x 5". Measure and score a line at 1 3/8". I used my paper cutter to make a perfect score line.

Score another line 1 3/8" from the first line, and another at 1 3/8" from that line. Then cut the end off 1/2" from that line. Your plastic should look like this.

2. Fold your plastic into a triangular shape, using the 1/2" section to overlap. Tape down the flap to secure your triangular tube. 

3. Trace one end of your paper towel tube on your patterned paper or card stock. Cut it out. 

Punch a hole in the middle of it.

Tape it onto one end of your paper towel roll.

4. Insert your triangle into your paper towel roll. 

5. Cover the other end with a square of plastic wrap. Push the plastic wrap inside the triangle to create a shallow cup.

6. Collect shiny beads, shapes, buttons, etc.  Transparent objects work best.

Fill your cup with shiny objects.

7. Cover the end with a square of wax paper. Secure with a rubber band.

8. Cover the tube with patterned paper or colored construction paper. Secure with tape.

Hold your kaleidoscope up to the light and turn to see different shapes and colors dance before your eyes! Then have a good talk about how light reflects off the sides of the triangle and they'll be learning, too. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “how to make a kaleidoscope {craft camp}”

Unknown said...

Haha. I just pinned this when I saw it on Skip to my Lou. I didn't even recognize your son... I am totally doing this with my YMCA kids this summer. I love how you used report covers. Smart Lady
- Cami

Kelly @ Run With Glitter said...

How awesome it this!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa said...

What a great project for kids! Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

thanks for this tutorial! I tried a kaleidoscope last summer (with a cd making the triangle inside) and the result was a desaster! Yours seems to be easier for me, I´m going to make it for my kids as soon as I come back work!!

Esti said...

What a brilliant idea!!

Bee said...

Thanks for sharing!! What an awesome idea for any child!!

Unknown said...

are there any alternatives for the plastic report cover?

Aboe said...

A good alternative is shiny or reflective coloured card. Tried and tested it works just as good, if not better! :))

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