Kaleidoscope Toy

Create continually changing patterns with this thick card Children’s Kaleidoscope. When viewing a kaleidoscope you need to understand this to know what direction to the light to hold the scope so that the maximum amount of light to enters it. Today, Leonard’s Kaleidoscope Factory is one of the few bright spots that remain in downtown Pomeroy, Iowa. Being so far from regular sources of Kaleidoscope components led Andrew to build coating machines for the Front Surface Mirror required for Kaleidoscopes, and lately, installing a machine to make Dichroic Glass. Here, hold this up to your eye and spin it,” owner Olson tells visitor Tricia Reichert as he hands her one of his handcrafted wooden toys.

Our remedy for a foggy kaleidoscope eyepiece is a Q-tip with one end barely moistened with glass cleaner. A unique spin on a classic favourite, this wooden toy is perfect for role playing and creative play. With the development of industry and the invention of plastic, wooden toys gradually receded into the background. This is the market for gingerbread hearts, star-shaped paper lampshades and handmade wooden toys. The next style is similar to the Wand Kaleidoscope and the name is simply a Oil Cell Kaleidoscope.

Most often the light is part of the stand and utilizes a switch to turn it on. The earliest example of this was the Bush parlor scope which came with a wire candle holder. Kaleidoscope artists create magic from any type of wood and the result is always the same; an eloquent gift that will touch the heart of the recipient. They add to the scopes appearance and don’t hang down below the scope like wheels do. For this reason must scopes with a cylinder don’t need a stand. Artists fashion wooden kaleidoscopes from a variety of different woods including walnut, teak, rosewood and padauk.


This lovely turn end kaleidoscope is made from sturdy plastic and covered with a suede effect vinyl. The kaleidoscope body is the main part of the scope to which the other parts are attached. As you can see Kaleidoscope Playground is huge and has many things for children to play on and explore. While the former smoker was recuperating in the hospital from heart surgery, a friend gave him a kaleidoscope.

Reichert, 46, from nearby Emmetsburg, turns the glass wheel on the end of the kaleidoscope and oohs” and aahs” as she views the colorful, ever-shifting patterns reflected inside the tube of mirrors. Browse the on-line gallery, find a kaleidoscope that is just right for you or someone special (please feel free to contact me for assistance with your kaleidoscope selection), and experience endless hours of the magical views created by these kaleidoscopes. The Handheld model incorporates all of the above features plus it adds interior lighting, removable object box and a pistol grip with batteries and wooden trigger switch.

We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our selection of green toys, organic toys, organic stuffed animals, waldorf toys, wooden toys, natural baby toys, wooden play kitchens, organic dolls, natural art materials, wooden dollhouses, and educational toys. Kaleidoscopes can also be made into simple oval or tube style designs also, it’s just a matter of personal preference, although these are usually a little harder to find a readily available stand, but nice wooden gift boxes and velvet pouches are available. Mount the kaleidoscope blank to the headstock (use a live center in the eye piece hole for the tailstock end).

The DVD may still be available: by James N. Duxbury, Run time 114 minutes, available at: The DVD is very thorough, he offers plans but I did not need plans the DVD is so very complete in every detail. The kids next door pick these up as soon as they come visit, its a fav toy of so many kids that come play. Since the wooden toy is inextricably linked to the forest, the figures are mostly in the form of forest dwellers.

The last one is not really a Kaleidoscope per se but this is the closest category for me to put it in. This one is called a Teleidoscope and is similar to a telescope also but instead of a wand or container with oil and colors, rocks or shells it has a clear round acrylic ball. Applied to a soft cloth and then to the wooden barrel of a scope Lemon Cream restores color, grain and luster to a degree that may astonish you. Hi Jim, I made this Kaleidoscope from a DVD that I bought at an estate sale for one dollar !!!!