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What is Kaleidoscope?

Posted On May 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm by / No Comments

What is Kaleidoscope?

Kaleidoscope is a popular toy invented by Sir David Brewster in 1816. The word kaleidoscope comes from a Greek phrase meaning “to view a beautiful form”. It is a fascinating toy that uses light and mirrors to reflect objects and creates beautiful repeating patterns. Kaleidoscope uses basic law of physics, manipulating light and reflection.

How does a Kaleidoscope Work?

The Kaleidoscope consist of a tube holding colored glass, tinsel, beads fragments and mirrors that reflect images of these fragments. The reflective mirrors are positioned at an angle to each other usually in V shape. One end of the Kaleidoscope called the object chamber, contains the object to be reflected. The other end of the Kaleidoscope is for viewing. When looking through the hole the glass on the other end of the object chamber illuminates the object, which then reflect all the mirrors. The reflection bounces one another as the light passes through the tube. As the Kaleidoscope rotates the object shifts into the chamber and the reflection changes, creates new pattern.

The Future:

In the 21st century, Kaleidoscopes seem to have a well-established following as an art form, likely gifts, and objects of curiosity for the children of all ages.


Kaleidoscope is a great invention and from the above you have get an idea of what is kaleidoscope and the working of it. SOK is providing you a science kit in which there is a product name 4M Kidzlab Light Kaleidoscope Science Kit. With this you can control the light pattern produced by three colored lights. Kids will soon understand the importance of primary colors. This will encourages the scientific ability and motor skills of your kid.

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