Remember how amazing it was to look through a kaleidoscope when you were younger? These neat gizmos are especially suitable for older age groups since they require more advanced cutting skills and involve more detailed directions. You can find many variations for constructing kids' kaleidoscopes online, but according to the article on Science Projects for Kids, you'll need the following supplies:
- 3 small mirrors of the same size
- waxed paper
- construction paper (multiple colors)
First, kids can snip up the construction paper into small pieces, taking care to include a rainbow of colors. Tape the mirrors together in a triangle shape to form a prism. (Have plenty of tape on hand for this step, since they'll need to use a lot to hold the mirrors together.) Next, cover one end of the prism with wax paper and tape it in place. Once that's done, pour the bits of construction paper inside. Standing the kaleidoscope upright with the closed end on the table, look inside the other end of the prism and, presto, behold the dazzling spectrum!