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DIY Kaleidoscopes - 12 pcs.

Discover how ordinary beads and cardboard tubes become beautiful reflecting prism patterns with these 4 3/4" kaleidoscope kits! A fun DIY project for more

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Discover how ordinary beads and cardboard tubes become beautiful reflecting prism patterns with these 4 3/4" kaleidoscope kits! A fun DIY project for everything from VBS to science class. We recommend using crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, permanent markers, tempera or acrylic paint, sold separately online. Use your own glue to attach the end piece with beads to the tube.

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Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Product Specs

  • Unit of Measure: Per Dozen
  • Material:
  • Material: Paper
  • Grade:
  • Grade: Kindergarten, 1st Grade
  • Age Recommendation:
  • Age Recommendation: 5 & up

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from great activity, here are some ideas on using it I was so excited to find these kaleidoscopes - both an art project and an optics activity! Some additional thoughts: These are smaller than they looked in the picture, but a great size for late preschool-elementary school kids to hold and use. Younger kids may require some significant adult assistance to assemble them, but they're not too complicated. We used only some of the plastic shapes, so that they could move around as you turn the kaleidoscope, creating new shapes and views. Something to try!
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light & colorful activity! I use these during my public speaking engagements that use a Kaleidoscopes metaphor. They are light, colorful and simple to assemble.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too many beads in the bottom. Transparent colors might work better. The bottom of the Kaleidoscope falls off to easily.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does NOT come with paper must ROLL cardboard! BAD DESIGN! Poorly designed product! Don't assume that you get a paper roll that will fit this....there is cardboard that the kid must ROLL into the cylindrical shape to form the outside. Never going to work well and hardly ever even going to work at all for kids. I do a lot of paper crafts and I can't make it look right myself! DON'T BUY this JUNK! The beads that are included are also not secured once the item is built so not safe for younger kids. One of the WORST products I have ever gotten from Oriental Trading! Wish I could give it a ZERO!
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from was very disappointed you have to use too much tape. comes out mishapend
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Idea TERRIBLE product We were so excited to have these aircraft at my son's birthday party. What a fun idea and the kids all love the idea of making their own kaleidoscope. Do you were terribly constructed they didn't fit together at all and fell apart immediately even with an adult doing it. Glue would have made them together but they would have return to function as a kaleidoscope. I enjoy buying things from Oriental Trading and usually I get what I expect for the price but this one was absolutely terrible and I'm very disappointed!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shoddily made I thought these would be a replacement for another project I used to do, however the reflective insert is too small for the tube. This means the mirror just rolls around in there, they may as well sell them as maracas, not kaleidoscopes. The plastic lens for the bottom is also too small, and could result in the plastic contents pouring themselves into some poor child's eye. Do not buy this product unless you're looking for a weird sound stick.
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cheap Didn't realize when ordering that the children have to roll paper and put the plastic pieces together. Most broke or had to be taped/glued together.
Date published: 2015-10-06
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Questions & Answers

What's included?

What exactly is included in this item? Are the mirrors included? How long will the shipping take to Cupertino, California?
Asked by: Dilip
There is a thin plastic mirror sheet that is lightly scored so that it can be folded into a prism and taped together. So technically it does include mirror. BUT note that the kit does NOT CONTAIN a paper roll! There is cardboard that must be rolled by hand and I find it unusable! I wish I hadn't wasted the shipping time to get mine!
Answered by: CLFR
Date published: 2019-08-03
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