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We have been talking a lot about patterns and symmetrical/asymmetrical shapes during our homeschool time. This KiwiCo box was a perfect addition to the topic. Kids built a kaleidoscope and had lots of fun observing the patterns and new colors created from the reflection of the light. You can also make this at home with a toiler paper roll, reflective paper and other materials you have around.

What is a kaleidoscope?

A kaleidoscope is a fascinating and colorful toy that kids of all ages love to play with. It's made up of a series of mirrors and colored glass or plastic pieces that create a mesmerizing and ever-changing pattern when viewed through the eyepiece. In this blog, we will explain the science behind a kaleidoscope and how it works.

How Does a Kaleidoscope Work?

A kaleidoscope works by reflecting light off of a series of mirrors or other reflective surfaces. When light enters the kaleidoscope through the small hole on one end, it hits a mirror, which reflects it onto another mirror. This process continues as the light bounces off of each mirror and creates a series of reflections. The colored glass or plastic pieces inside the kaleidoscope create the unique patterns and designs that we see. As the light reflects off of the mirrors and passes through the colored pieces, it creates a colorful and symmetrical pattern. The number of mirrors inside the kaleidoscope can vary, with some designs featuring two or three mirrors and others having many more. The more mirrors there are, the more complex and intricate the patterns will be.

The Science of Light and Reflection

The science behind a kaleidoscope is based on the principles of light and reflection. Light travels in a straight line until it encounters a reflective surface, such as a mirror. When light hits a mirror, it reflects off at the same angle as it entered, creating a mirror image of the original object.

When multiple mirrors are used in a kaleidoscope, the reflection of the light creates a repeating pattern that appears to go on infinitely. This effect is known as an infinity mirror, and it is what creates the intricate and mesmerizing patterns that we see in a kaleidoscope.

Benefits of Playing with a Kaleidoscope

Playing with a kaleidoscope can provide several benefits for kids, including:

  1. Encouraging creativity: Kaleidoscopes can inspire creativity and imagination as kids experiment with different patterns and designs.

  2. Enhancing visual perception: Kaleidoscopes can help kids develop their visual perception skills by observing the patterns and colors.

  3. Improving hand-eye coordination: Playing with a kaleidoscope requires kids to manipulate and turn the toy, which can improve their hand-eye coordination.

  4. Reducing stress: The mesmerizing patterns and colors of a kaleidoscope can have a calming effect on kids, reducing stress and anxiety.

What is KiwiCo?

KiwiCo was created to celebrate kids' natural creativity and curiosity, while helping parents who want to bring enriching experiences to their children. We want to make it fun, easy, and delightful for families to spend time building, exploring and creating together. And, ultimately, we hope that the problem solving skills and creative confidence that kids gain today will help them tackle the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

What is the KiwiCo purpose?

They believe that creative confidence helps kids think BIG and act like creators and producers instead of just consumers. I had a deep appreciation for the creative, hands-on projects that encourage this kind of thinking, but as a parent I often found that my best intentions fell short. It was tough to find the time to do the research and come up with a great idea, let alone gather all the materials.

Kaleidoscope Play Box Description

Build your own spinning kaleidoscope with changeable wheels in this brain puzzle kit for kids! Create a mirror book and explore angles and patterns. Then, use it to solve visual puzzles. Make a travel pouch for your mirror book activities! Everything needed, from materials to illustrated directions, is included, along with explore!, a bonus play & learn magazine with extra projects and activities!



  • Instructions are easy to follow for the kids.

  • Visual Instructions.

  • Comes with an age appropriate book that explains the topics in an easy way.

  • End result worked as expected.

  • Fun!


  • Fragile.


  • Theme: Kaleidoscope

  • Crate: Koala

  • Age Range: 3-5

  • Messiness: Low

  • Visual Instructions: Excellent

  • Need to read: Low

  • Grown-up Involvement: Low

  • STEM Topics: Low

  • Engaging Book Story: Yes

  • Result as expected: Yes

  • Fun or frustrating: Fun!

  • Fragile: Yes

  • Adult Supervision: No



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