How to Make an Easy Cardboard Magnifying Glass

cardboard magnifying glass craft for kids, Black History Month Craft for Kids

Explore the outdoors with this cardboard magnifying glass. It’s an easy craft to make and it comes with a free template. You are using recycled materials for this art project so the items should be available at your home. This activity will bring lots of outdoor fun as you explore nature with your family. Kids will love searching for bugs and looking at different plants and flowers.

I wanted to create a craft to celebrate Black History Month that focused on a lesser-known pioneer. This cardboard magnifying glass was inspired by Charles Henry Turner, an African American zoologist, entomologist, educator, and comparative psychologist. Turner was the first person to prove that insects can hear and can distinguish pitch. He was also the first person that discovered that cockroaches could learn by trial and error and that honeybees can see visual pattern.

cardboard magnifying glass craft for kids, Black History Month Craft for Kids

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Supplies for Cardboard Magnifying Glass

Directions

  1. First, download, print and cut the FREE magnifying glass template. If you have a Cricut, find a magnifying glass image then cut.
  2. Next, use a pencil to trace the template on a recycled cardboard.
  3. Use scissors to cut out the cardboard magnifying glass. Your child may need assistance with this step. You can use markers and stickers to decorate the magnifying glass or leave it plain.
  4. Draw a small circle on the recycled plastic fruit container or plate with a black marker. Make sure it is big enough to fit on the back of the cardboard magnifying glass.
  5. Finally, cut out the circle then use a hot glue gun to attach it to the cardboard magnifying glass.

My five-year-old had a great time exploring the outdoors with his cardboard magnifying glass. He observed bugs in the front yard.

Watch the video below to see how to make this cardboard magnifying glass craft for Black History Month. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more fun content!

You can find these cool books about bugs on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop.

Looking for a fun outdoor activity for you and your kids? Check out this backyard bug hunt activity that comes with a FREE printable.

cardboard magnifying glass craft for kids, Black History Month Craft for Kids

Here are more renowned African American entomologists:

  • Margaret S. Collins (specialized in the study of termites, and a civil rights advocate)
  • Vernard Lewis (UC Berkeley’s first African American entomologist)
  • Sophie Lutterlough (preparator & researcher at the Smithsonian institute)
  • Ernest James Harris (work focused on the control of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly)

Learn about Black History Month with these awesome books for kids and teens. You can find these books on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. If you’re looking for a Black-owned business in Tampa Bay to support, check out Cultured Books or Black English Bookstore. You can also order from them online.

Watch the video below to learn about Tampa’s Black History. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more amazing content!

Looking for more ways to celebrate Black History Month? Visit my Pinterest board for great ideas or check out these fun art projects below:

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