Teach this fun, simple craft at your child’s Easter Egg Hunting Party, Sunday school class or day-care. It can be revised for most age-groups with varied levels of supervision.
Supplies You Will Need:
Empty Oatmeal cylinders (one for each child)
Multi-colored tissue paper cut in small one-inch squares (Get a wide variety of colors)
Wax Paper or Cellophane
Paint and/or Markers
Scissors, Glue and Tape
Exacto knife or razor blade (for adult use only)
Glitter, Stickers, Themed Cutouts, Buttons, etc. (optional)
(Note: you may make cylinders out of poster board to substitute, but be sure they are evenly rolled and well secured with taped or glue along the edge. Also, if you have to substitute, you will need to cover each end, like a closed oatmeal box.)
What To Do:
Cut a small eye-hole in the center of one end of the oatmeal container. This should be about one inch squared. On the other end, draw an egg shape as large as the container allows and cut it out with an Exacto-knife or razor blade.
Cut a square of Cellophane or Wax Paper large enough to wrap around the cylinder end. Show the children how to glue small squares of colored tissue paper all over the square. Remind children that layering too much tissue in one spot will make it hard to see the color. Encourage them to spread out the tissue, but cover the entire square with color.
When the squares dry, place them against the cylinder end with the egg-shaped hole. The tissue should be against the hole, so the smooth back of the square is outside. Show younger children and help older children wrap the square tightly against the end and secure with tape around the edges.
Now, help the children wrap the length of the cylinder with construction paper and secure with glue and/or tape. (With younger kids, have the cylinders already covered with construction paper and ready for decorating.) Allow them to decorate the sides with markers, paint, glitter, stickers or whatever. Provide stencils to draw Easter designs. Or provide foam or felt Easter-themed cutouts to glue around the sides. They should also decorate the opposite end, but make sure they do not cover their eye-hole.
When the decorations dry, encourage the children to point their kaleidoscope at a window or other light source and peek through their hole. They will see a brightly colored Easter egg shining back!
An option for older kids to jazz their kaleidoscopes up: Before sealing the ends, let kids pick strips of colored foil wrapping paper (or aluminum foil works well). Show them how to cover the inside of their cylinder. Let them finish the craft as described. When they look through their new toy the light will not only shine through the colored tissue, but also sparkle off the insides.