With Claire, Term 3 2019
In this session we celebrated National Science Week by making a Space Kaleidoscope.
If you want to make one at home here is what you need to know.
· Kitchen roll cardboard tube
· Mirror card
· Clear plastic
· Opaque plastic (or clear with greaseproof paper on it)
· Black card
· Scissors, tape, pens
· Clear plastic beads and other glittery things
See the image below for how to assemble your kaleidoscope.
The Science: Reflection
Kaleidoscopes work because the items inside reflect off the shiny mirror surfaces. Reflection is a great scientific principle to experiment with at home. Have fun experimenting.
Ideas: experiment with a mirror to understand reflections, mirror image and symmetry. Questions: What do you see? Is something backwards? Is what is in the mirror the same? Look in a puddle, what do you see? Can you an you child face each other and mirror each others gestures?
For more inspiration and ideas: