Get “reflective” on how to creatively use recycled materials and explore visible light with this fun kaleidoscope project!

If you need a quick review, be sure to check out our Rosie Explores episode on rainbow science.

Ready to make this project at home or in your classroom? Watch the video for an overview, gather the materials listed at the right, and follow the instructions below

Required Materials

  • card stock
  • tin foil
  • clear plastic (egg carton, packing material, etc.)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • translucent colored beads

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Use the craft tube as a guide to trace a circle on the card stock. Draw a rectangle (3.5in x 3in) on the card stock.

Step 2

Trace two circles on the clear plastic. Use the craft tube as a guide.

Step 3

Cut out the card-stock and plastic templates. Be sure to cut a small circle out of the center of the card stock circle to look through.

Step 4

Fold the card-stock evenly into three 1 inch sections.

Step 5

Smoothly wrap the card-stock in tinfoil. Make sure the shiny side is facing out.

Step 6

Bring the two ends of the rectangle together to form a prism. Secure the seam with tape. 7) Place the tinfoil prism into the craft tube.

Step 7

Place the tinfoil prism into the craft tube.

Step 8

Place the card stock eyepiece (circle) on to one end of the craft tube. Secure with tape.

Step 9

Place one of the clear plastic circles into the craft tube on top of the prism.

Step 10

Fill the space between the clear plastic and the top of the craft tube with beads or the colored plastic you created.

Step 11

Place the last clear plastic circle to the top of the tube. Secure with tape.