Creating with Kaleidograph

creating with kaleidograph

When Scott from Red Hen, LLC, and co-creator of Kaleidograph, contacted me about collaborating with the company I was very excited.  He and his partner, Norman Brosterman (author of Inventing Kindergarten) are experts on the Froebel method and committed to open-ended play. I was very pleased when he offered to send me 4 Kaleidograph sets to review (a total blogger bonus since the sets were already on my wish list!!!)

Each set includes 9 two-sided paperboard die-cut and 3 two-sided solid backer cards.  By stacking, flipping, and rotating the cards there are billions of designs to be created.  The sets are both a toy … and design tool.  It’s one of those toys that when placed in front of you just BEGS to be played with … hard for a person of any age not to want to design one of his/her own.  And for those who don’t prefer the open ended nature of the toy, there is a design poster included in each set to see if you can recreate the designs.

Here’s more about each individual set:

Kaleidograph Crystal Set




Kaleidograph Crystal Set – (MSRP-$14.99) Based on “interconnected hexagonal geometry found in nature”.


Kaleidograph Contrast Set




Kaleidograph Contrast Set – (MSRP-$14.99) Features black/white printed designs on the same die-cut cards as the Kaleidograph Crystal set.


Kaleidograph Flora




Kaleidograph Flora Set – (MSRP-$14.99) Explore the geometry of flowers.


OpArt Kaleidograph Set




Kaleiograph OpArt Set – (MSRP-$14.99) Black/white designs based on mid-century modern art printed on the same die-cut cards as the Kaleidograph Flora set.


Each individual set is wonderful and a great product on its own, however … use all the sets together and the design options seem INFINITE!  It didn’t take long after I showed my kids the sets that they were mixing and matching them to create unique designs.  Here’s a step-by-step look at one my 8 year old son created …

kalidograph processOne thing we’ve really LOVED about the sets are how easy it is to take with us.  I put the cards in a sandwich size closable bag to help protect them (I want them to last as long as possible!) and throw the bag in my purse.  It’s been a lifesaver at family get togethers and dinners at restaurants!  Wanna see some of our creations?

3X3 Kaliograph grid

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Meeghan

    Wow, what a neat product. Thanks so much for sharing it…I am glad to learn about it!
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  2. Tslamb

    Great write up and what a cool product. I can see it working for any age and providing lots of new wonder.

  3. Julie

    Those are mesmerizing! What fun!

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