DIY Kaleidoscope. . . from a a toilet paper roll!

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Hello everyone!!

Today I want to share with you all a very simple yet super funny “scientific craft”, as I like to call it: let’s build an amazing Kaleidoscope together!!

You need very simple things, all of which can be simply found in your home:

  • An empty toilet paper roll
  • Mirror Card
  • Small shiny objects (such as sequins, plastic confetti, transparent beads)
  • Wax Paper
  • Clear Plastic wrap
  • White cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Clear tape
  • Wrapping paper and washi tape to decorate your kaleidoscope

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Now that you have collected everything you need… let’s make it together!!

Begin by cutting a 14 cm x 9 cm rectangle out of your mirror card (if you don’t have any mirror card just glue some aluminium foil to a regular cardboard), then fold it into four stripes that will be measuring 4 cm, 4cm, 4cm, 2 cm respectively. Fold it so as to form a triangular shape, while the narrower strip goes on the outside. Tape this smaller strip along the edge so it stays closed, and be sure that the shiniest face of the mirror card faces inwards.

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Now use the toilet paper roll to trace a circle on the white cardboard, cut and tape it around one edge of the toilet paper roll. At last, puch a hole in the middle of it.

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Now slide the mirrored triangular shape you previously created into the roll and place a square of plastic wrap on the free edge of the roll so as to form a small pouch. Fill it with the shiny objects you collected, but be sure there’s still room for them to move inside the pouch.

Then simply close it with a square of waxed paper and secure everything with a rubber band (tape won’t adhere to wax paper!).

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Your kaleidoscope is almost finished… what you need to do now is just decorate it as you prefer!!

I made the kaleidoscope for an adorable 3-years-old little girl that is in love with Winnie-the-Pooh… so no choice about the decorations on the outside!

I hope you liked today’s idea, I think it is a brilliant way to have fun with kids and start teaching them that everything in the amazing world we live in is subject to some scientific laws that can be very easy and fun to understand!!

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Enjoy and Share the Love,

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