How Are Kaleidoscopes Made?


The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by a Scottish man named David Brewster. He wasn’t trying to invent the kaleidoscope; he was just following his passion for the science of light, known as optics.

In fact, he actually invented the word kaleidoscope! It comes from three latin words:

  • kalos = beautiful
  • eidos = shapes
  • skopeo = to see

Or in other words, “to see beautiful shapes.”

Years ago, when I took my two children to a Build and Grow Workshop at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store, they made wooden kaleidoscopes. I found the information inside the pamphlet that came with the project so intriguing that I wrote a book about how the kaleidoscope was invented.

So, my picture book, Kaleidoscope Eyes, still has yet to see the light of day. But I know there’s an editor out there dying to get their hands on it! While the world awaits the eventual arrival of my book, I give you a How It’s Made video from YouTube. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “How Are Kaleidoscopes Made?”

  1. when we we’re Children our Dad did a lot of Arts and craft with us…….even build a Kaleidoscope……..brought back sweet Memories
    thank you, Christie

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