As kids, many of us enjoyed gazing into a kaleidoscope, watching the pretty images change. With each turn another beautiful mosaic was created. Sadly, for most of us, our childhood kaleidoscopes are long gone.
Like so many toys of the past, kaleidoscopes were broken, lost in moves, or given to younger relatives. I had one that I kept up into my teen years, but I have no idea what happened to it after I moved away. I would have loved to give it to my own children. And, I certainly wish I had it now.
However, there is a reasonable replica available for kids today. There are obviously some differences, but this is as close to the original feel and look currently made.
Schylling Classic Tin Kaleidoscopes
Schylling Classic Tin KaleidoscopeThe Schylling kaleidoscopes are made of tin, not plastic, paper or cardboard. That alone makes it “feel” more like the toy from ages past. The external paint job is fabulous! It actually might be better than the ones from my own childhood. I admit, that is not the part I remember most about mine.
When I was a child, I think the kaleidoscopes were made with colored glass. I actually never took one apart to investigate. I just remember hearing people say that was how they were made. These are made with colored beads instead of glass. But, they are probably the closest thing currently made that replicate the kaleidoscopes from 50 years ago.
In addition to the classic kaleidoscope, Schylling also offers the tin kaleidoscopes with the Thomas the Tank Engine artwork and Curious George. The Curios George is another great “back to the past” classic, while Thomas the Tank Engine is much more contemporary.
Regardless of the exterior artwork, they are all fun and fabulous!