My boys are into bricks. Lego bricks, that is. Not a day goes by when they don't say the word Lego. The familiar sound of hands sifting through Legos is like a soundtrack in our playroom. In the revolving door of toys, only Lego has never left my boys' side, a constant companion to their young imagination.
In the homestretch of a particularly grueling roadtip, my then 4-year-old son, anticipating a reunion with his Legos, exclaimed, "I can just feel the minifig in my hand!" This is extent to which my boys love Legos.
We have a gazillion random pieces of Legos, but sometimeo it's good to have a stash of basic bricks in various sizes. Today, I brought home a container of basic black bricks from the pick-a-brick station at the Lego store.
Then my son put them together and made a simple kaleidoscope using those basic black bricks - and it works, without using mirrors.
What's fairly ingenious is that all you need are shiny bricks to serve as mirrors. Although my son's Lego kaleidoscope lacks an object chamber (which we could fill with Lego gems) and it lacks moving parts which means any object chamber cannot be rotated, it's still a fun way to see the world (or the playroom). Manually rotate the tube and take a look around!
My son promised to make more Lego kaleidoscopes. I bet that's what he's going to give me for Christmas, a Lego Kaleidoscope of his own design, version 2.0 and I can't wait!
If you've got basic Lego bricks, you and/or your children can make one of these simple kaleidoscopes in minutes. Happy building!
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