A kaleidoscope is a wonderful way to enjoy learning about the properties of light and vision. Preschoolers will require assistance on some steps, but should be allowed to do as much as they wish. To speed up the process, an adult can make all necessary cuts and the inner lens ahead of time. Allow appropriate drying time for glue steps.
Tools and Materials
|Hammer and nail||Clear freezer bag|
|Pencil or cotton swab||Construction paper (2 sheets 8 ½ x 11)|
|Clear craft glue||Glitter and shapes (stars, circles, etc)|
|Washable markers or paints||Tissue or crepe paper (multiple colors)|
|Round chip container w/ clear Lid (Pringles)|
Make the Tube
- Using the hammer and nail, make a view hole in the bottom center of the container.
- Glue aluminum foil to one sheet of construction paper. Trim foil to fit.
- Roll the long side of the paper with the foil side facing inward.
- Slip the rolled paper inside the chip container until it touches the bottom of the container.
- The paper should unfurl to fit snugly. Glue in place, if necessary.
- Create a “shelf” by placing a thin ring of glue around the upper edge of the construction paper.
- Allow glue to dry. Repeat, if necessary, to achieve a noticeable ridge.
- Decorate remaining sheet of construction paper with markers or paints.
- Lines of glue can be added and sprinkled with glitter.
- With the decorated side out, wrap the container with the paper.
- Apply glue along the container-facing edge of the paper to secure it in place.
- The container is slightly longer. Color the exposed portion with a marker, if desired.
Make the Inner Lens
- Place one end of the tube on top of the clear freezer bag.
- Create the outline of a circle by tracing around the outside of the tube with a marker.
- Cut along the circular line, through both sides of the bag, creating 2 circular pieces.
- Place a ring of glue around the outer edge of one plastic circle.
- Lightly sprinkle glitter and shapes inside the ring of glue. Too many pieces will obstruct vision.
- Place the second plastic circle over the first, pressing down to seal.
Make the Outer Lens
- Cut or tear several small shapes out of the different colors of tissue paper.
- Cover the outside of the container lid with a thin layer of glue.
- Arrange the shapes on the glue, covering around ¾ of the lid surface.
- Put another line of glue inside the container on top of the “shelf.”
- Carefully place the inner lens into the container so that it contacts the wet glue.
- Use a pencil or cotton swab to press it gently into place.
- Allow to dry.
- Place the lid on the container.
That’s it! To use, point the kaleidoscope toward a bright light and turn the lid while looking through the view hole. Montessori education embraces each child and their unique and creative spirits. The teachers at Day Star Montessori allow students to work at their own pace and a promote a positive and collaborative learning environment. To schedule a tour of our school, give us a call today!