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How to Make a Kaleidoscope


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How to Make a Kaleidoscope
How to Make a Kaleidoscope
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Learning How to Make a Kaleidoscope doesn't have to be a difficult activity, especially when your kids want to make one themselves. Easy kids' crafts like this one are perfect for letting your little ones show their creativity. They will have a blast creating their own unique kaleidoscope using toilet paper roll crafts and fun colored paper. There are just so many different ways that they can make their kaleidoscope, and this activity is also a great science project that will have your kids learning about the refraction of light off of a mirrored surface.

Materials: Paper Crafts, Beads & Jewelry, Recycled Crafts, Mixed Media/Miscellaneous

Age Group: Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens

Time to complete: One hour


What Else Can We Make: Things to Make with Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet paper rolls are an abundant resource for crafting materials. There are so many toilet paper roll crafts that don't look like they were made from the recyclables from your bathroom. They're incredibly useful and you're just throwing them away! They're just cardboard in a tube form, but you're going to kick yourself when you realize all the things you could've made if you hadn't thrown away years of toilet paper rolls.

  1. You can make easy and affordable party favors by stuffing them with wrapped candies and closing off both ends.
  2. They would make excellent and free napkin rings! You could paint them or decorate them with colorful washi tape.
  3. Cut them into 2 inch pieces. You can paint or decoupage them however you like and then string them together to make a garland for your next party.
  4. Toilet paper rolls are extremely helpful when rolling your own yarn balls. You don't have to wrap them around your hand. Instead, you can roll it around the tube to keep your yarn neat and orderly. 
  5. Cover them in peanut butter and bird seed and hang them outside. Now, you have an inexpensive and easy bird feeder that will attract more wildlife to your backyard.

Toilet paper rolls are remarkably useful, so get started on some of these paper roll crafts! If you come up with another creative idea for crafts made with toilet paper rolls, then we'd love to hear about it in the comments.


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I'm not a kid, but I still think kaleidoscopes are super cool. These would be great to make with my little cousins!


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