Introduction: How to Make a DIY Kaleidoscope!

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Bored of gazing out the window? Try SAM Labs' DIY kaleidoscope!

Step 1: Get the Goodies Together

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1. To make a good kaleidoscope, you'll need tinfoil, paper towel roll, paper, markers, and a SAM DC Motor.

2. Fold the tinfoil into a triangle to make the inside border.

3. Grab your paper towel roll and give it some color.

Step 2: Make the Scope

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1. On a fresh sheet of paper, cut a circle to spin around.

2. Once cut, draw some pretty designs that'll look sound.

Step 3: Prepare the Guts of the Kaleidoscope

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1. To put it together, start by inserting the tinfoil triangle into the decorated paper towel roll.

2. Make sure it fits correctly in the hole.

Step 4: Attach the Extra Bits and Bobs

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1. Take a wooden spindle and attach it to the SAM DC Motor.

2. Then glue the spindle to the circle as a holder.

3. Place and glue the DC Motor to the paper towel tube like a boulder.

Step 5: Get SAMtastic

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1. Open up the lovely app SAM Space, or if you're on a desktop click here on the happy face :)

2. Turn on your blocks, pair them, and drag them onto the interface.

3. Connect the Button to the Toggle and to the DC Motor base.

Step 6: Play!

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Now you've got endless hours of play!

Find out more at samlabs.com :)

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