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Lots of new freebies posted today, including kaleidoscope kits being offered by KaleidoscopestoYou.com.

Interested in knowing who invented the kaleidoscope?  And when?

Per KaleidoscopestoYou, the kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by David Brewster a Scottish inventor.  Sir David Brewster was studying polarization optics and the properties of light. While looking at objects at the end of 2 mirrors he noticed patterns and colors were recreated and reformed into new arrangements.

He named this new invention after the Greek words meaning beautiful form watcher. Kalos = the Greek word for beautiful, eodos = the Greek word for shape, and  scopeo = the Greek word to look at.

In 1817 Brewster patented his idea, but an incorrectly worded patent made it easy for others to copy. Because of this, he did not see much in way of financial rewards from this invention, as other inventors were aggressive in mass producing the kaleidoscope.

You can win a kaleidoscope for your child during Homeschool.com’s Freebie February event.  Just check in on the Freebie February page–https://www.homeschool.com/Freebie/deals/ .  And while you’re there, please check out all the other great freebies and give-aways.

Fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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