by: Norm Barstow When I was an Elementary Science Coordinator, I used to visit the five schools in my district and each year introduced the Pringles® Kaleidoscope as part of the Sound and Light unit. At that time I used microscope slides, and it became quite a challenge to have the students line up and tape nine slides to make the triangular prism. Fortunately, Educational Innovations began to carry Kaleidoscope Mirrors (SM-3), thus making the task much easier.
Here is all you will need to build a Pringles® can DIY kaleidoscope in your classroom.
- Supply of masking tape
- Educational Innovations Kaleidoscope Mirrors (SM-3) (3 per student)
- Pringles® cans and lids with a hole punched in the center bottom (metal part) of the can, using a large nail or drill.
- Colorful butterfly pattern (included below) or other colorful patterns (cut to fit inside the plastic cap). Though any colorful print on white paper should work, colorful patterns on clear acetate work best.
- Supply of newspaper strips
- Contact Paper or colored paper to cover the outside the Pringles® container
NOTE: Test the length of the mirror inside the Pringles® can. It should not touch the cap of the Pringles can. It may be necessary for an adult to cut 1/8″ to 1/4″ off the mirrors using sharp scissors or a utility knife in order for it to fit inside the can with the cap on. 1. Prepare the Pringles® can by punching a hole in the metal bottom of the can to serve as the eye piece. Read the rest of this entry »