We love finding fun kits. We visit museum stores often, and always find some interesting robot, craft, kit or puzzle to make. One museum store stocking stuffer this year was a kaleidoscope kit. We waited for the perfect day to make them - and during our big snowstorm yesterday we felt the time was right!
The boys decorated tubes, taped and inserted triangular mirrors, added cups and secured their scopes.
They then filled them with some of the items from the kits...crystals, rocks, flower petals, marbles.
They were really cool to look through - the bright white snow outside was a great backdrop to hold up to the window and see their creations.
After a bit, the boys thought about what we might have around the house that would make even MORE colorful/beautiful/interesting patterns. Oh, we have a lot of things to try - coins, acorn tops, geode pieces, playmobil parts - you name it, they tried it! In the end, of course, they found that we have plenty of the perfect items to make hyper-colorful designs...
...LEGO! They filled their scopes with the little translucent colorful crystals, tips, bits and circles. Perfect!
We of course then had to find out more about kaleidoscopes, mirrors, fractals...all good stuff for a snowy winter day.
Note: We used a kit, but the construction was pretty simple and you could easily make one with materials at home.