Exploring the world around us can be fun for kids at any age. Creating a craft where objects are moved and changed to appear different is even more fun!
Kaleidoscopes are really cool, but did you know how they work? Light travels in a straight line through empty space, but when it bumps into an object, it changes direction. Some shiny surfaces, like the plastic report cover, wax paper or a mirror, send or reflect light back to you. The sides of the plastic tube inside the kaleidoscope reflect the beads, sequins, and confetti. The reflections then bounce around the sides to create multiple images! Turn the kaleidoscope, and when the pieces move, you have created another image!
•Paper towel tube cut eight inches (20 centimeters) long
•Clear plastic report cover
•Pen or marker
•Utility knife (be careful!)
•Four-inch (ten-centimeter) squares (one each) of black construction paper, plastic wrap, and waxed paper
•Colored transparent beads, small sequins, and shiny confetti
•Stickers and wrapping paper
•Draw approximately (depends on the size of the roll) an 8-by-4-inch (20-by-10-centimeter) rectangle on the report cover. Cut it out. Draw three lines across the rectangle.
•Fold the plastic along the lines to form a triangular shape. Tape the strip along the edge so it stays closed. Slide the plastic triangle into the paper towel roll.
•Turn the paper towel tube on one end. Trace a circle around it on the construction paper. Poke a hole through the center of the circle and tape it over one end of the tube.
•Place a square of plastic wrap on the other end of the tube. Press down to create a pouch in the end of the plastic triangle. Put some beads, sequins, and confetti in the pouch.
•Place a square of waxed paper over the pouch. Stretch the rubber band over both the waxed paper and the plastic wrap. Make sure it is tight or sequins and beads will fall out! Trim the corners of the squares.
•Decorate the outside of the paper towel roll with space stickers, more sequins, marker or even wrapping paper.
•Hold the tube up to one eye and look through it.
Have fun exploring new ways to create a light show!