Keep the little ones busy this weekend with our DIY Kaleidoscopes, made from your very own Rockit™ apple tube and other household items.
What You Need
- Rockit™ tube & lid
- Silver foil card (available at your local craft store)
- Plastic sheets (available at your local craft store)
- Clear tape
- Screw Driver
- Clear beads, jewels or sequins
- Washi Tape
- Any other colourful bits & bobs you’d like to bedazzle your kaleidoscope with to make it your own!
- Take your plastic sheet and cut out 3 circles to the circumference of the Rockit™ apple tube.
- Drop one of the circles into your tube so it’s sitting as a flat base at the bottom of the tube.
- Pour your favourite sparkly beads or jewels into the tube, to sit on top of the plastic circle.
- Drop second plastic circle into tube to cover the beads. Make sure the beads can still move around when you rotate the tube – if not, take out some of the beads.
- Using silver foil card cut 3 identical strips at 223H x 52Wmm.
- Tape the 3 strips together to create a prism shape (silver side facing inwards). Check that this fits snuggly within the tube – the corners of the prism should just touch the sides of the tube.
- Using washi tape, stickers, patterned paper or markers, decorate the outside of the prism.
- Slide prism into tube to rest on top of the plastic circle. This will hold it in place.
- Using a craft knife or screw driver, carefully pierce a hole in the centre of the Rockit™ apple tube lid. This will be your eye hole, so rotate your knife or screw driver to create a hole wide enough to see through.
- Take your final plastic circle and tape it to the underside of the lid. This will keep the beads from escaping!
- Place the lid back onto the tube.
- Now the funnest part! Decorate the outside of your kaleidoscope using stickers, jewels, tape, or coloured card.
- close one eye and squint through the eye hole. Rotate your tube and watch the beads cast fun reflections.
- Remember to not look directly into the sun with our kaleidoscope as this can be harmful to the eyes.