This simple DIY kaleidoscope can be made with materials you most likely have at home. This project combines art and optics to lead to tons of customizable fun! Use this project to explore multiple areas of STEAM and experiment together. Want more? Check out these titles on Hoopla: Stomp Rockets, Catapults, And Kaleidoscopes and Light.
Your kaleidoscope works by reflecting light! Most kaleidoscopes have at least two mirrors inside that are placed at an angle so part of their reflection overlaps. Light filters through the materials at the end of the tube (your paper circle). When the light hits the mirror paper, it bounces back or reflects. The reflections then bounce off the other mirrors, creating amazing patterns inside the tube. Kaleidoscopes were invented in 1816 by Dr. David Brewster and patented to be used as a toy and an inspiration for artists in the following year. Kaleidoscopes are still used for fun over 200 years later!
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