Here is a “sweet” spin on a popular toy craft project and a great way to use up some of that extra Halloween candy! Design and create your very own kaleidoscope filled with tiny pieces of candy.
A KALEIDOSCOPE is a tube of mirrors containing loose colored beads, pebbles, or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. The word is derived from three Greek words that together mean, “looking at beautiful forms.”
- Kaleidoscope kit (available online at http://www.joann.com, https://www.amazon.com or http://www.discountschoolsupply.com )
- Roll paper for tables
- Oil pastels or colored markers
- Liquid watercolor (primary)
- Water containers
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Small pieces of hard candy (nerds, sprinkles, crushed hard candy, etc.)
- Design the outside of their kaleidoscope by drawing on the tube with oil pastels or markers. Maybe give the tube a candy theme by drawing different types of candy, or creating a peppermint striped pattern.
- Now paint the tube with watercolor paint. You will paint right over the your oil pastel drawings. (Skip this step if you decorated your tube with markers!)
- Fold the mirror paper into a triangle along the perforations and secure with tape. Slide the triangle into the end of the tube.
- Put the candy into the end piece that doesn’t have a hole in it. Leave enough room for the clear piece to fit inside and for the candy to move around a little to change the patterns inside the kaleidoscope.
- Place the clear circle on top of the candy and hot glue this piece to the end of the tube.
- Place the other plastic end (the one with a hole for viewing) on the tube.
- Ta-Da! You’ve done it! Turn the tube slowly while looking through the hole to see the color patterns change.
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