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Science Projects for Kids: Spectrum of Colors


Make a Kaleidoscope
Make a kaleidescope with your kids, and teach them about the color spectrum.
Make a kaleidescope with your kids, and teach them about the color spectrum.
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A kaleidoscope is an ideal science project that teaches kids how to reflect the spectrum of colors and make beautiful images. In a kaleidoscope, mirrors reflect multiple images off of one another.

What You'll Need:

  • 3 small mirrors of the same size
  • Tape
  • Waxed paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper

How to Make a Kaleidoscope:Step 1: To make a kaleidoscope, tape together 3 small mirrors in a triangle shape with the mirror-sides facing inward.

Step 2: Stand the mirrors up on a piece of waxed paper, and trace around the bottom of the mirrors. Cut out this triangle shape, and then tape the piece of waxed paper in place at the bottom of the 3 mirrors.

Step 3: Cut out many small pieces and shapes from colored sheets of construction paper, and drop them inside the mirrors.

Step 4: Give your kaleidoscope a shake, then look inside. You will see some interesting patterns. The mirrors will reflect interesting shapes and colors.

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