To make your own kaleidoscope is not as tricky as it may seem. Most things you need you can probably find around the house. The only thing we were missing was the mirror film, we tried to use regular aluminum foil but it was not reflective enough, so I had to buy it in a craft store. But for the rest… The paper roll, the plastic pieces and the cardboard were found in the trash. It is fun to teach the kids how to upcycle our trash to toys.
For Ellas 5th birthday party we had a space themed party and all the kids got to make their own kaleidoscope. It was a good party activity as it made the kids sit down and slow down a bit. Plus it was fun to see their reaction when they discovered that they made something so cool themselves to take home.
- Empty paper towel roll
- 1 round piece of cardboard
- 2 round pieces of transparent plastic
- Mirror film/plastic
- Colored beads (transparent)
- Colored paper tape
- Transparent tape