Make your own Arctic Snow Goggles with some everyday cardboard.
*Adult Help Needed
What You'll Need:
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Craft or utility knife (adult use only)
- Hole punch
- Markers or colored pencils
Snow-covered areas are very bright places, even though they are very cold. That's because the sun's rays reflect off the snow. Those reflections can damage a person's eyesight. To protect their eyes from these harmful rays, the Inuit (native people of Canada, Alaska, and Greenland) wore goggles that they carved from wood or whalebone.
To make your own pair of snow goggles, draw an hourglass shape on the piece of cardboard. Be sure the shape is large enough to fit on the front of your face. Cut out the shape.
Have an adult mark slits on the cardboard where your eyes are. (You hold the cardboard on your face, and the adult can mark the cardboard.) Have the adult use a craft or utility knife to cut out narrow eye slits.
Punch holes in the upper corners of the goggles. Cut two 18-inch pieces of string. Feed an end of a piece of string through the hole on the side of the goggles, and tie a knot. Repeat for the other piece of string and the other hole.
Add a decorative border along the edges of your goggles with markers or colored pencils. Try out your goggles!
(Warning: These glasses reduce the glare of the sunlight reflecting off the snow -- they are not protection from the sun! Never look directly at the sun, even with these goggles on! You could damage your eyes.)
If you don't want to be outside with your goggles, you can make a snowstorm inside with the project on the next page.