How to Make a Pringles Can Solar Viewer

Pringles Can Solar Viewer
Looking for a safe way to view the solar eclipse without spending too much money? Try making a Pringles can solar viewer!

If the solar glasses you bought were fake (like mine) and you won’t be able to get safe, protective eye wear before the eclipse, you can still safely and cheaply view it.

Here’s a video showing how to make a Pringles can solar viewer.

The concept here is very simple: it’s a pinhole camera or camera obscura. It takes a lot of light and focuses it on a very small area.

You can create one using a shoe box, shipping tube, or any other box. A Pringles can works great because you don’t need to seal the flaps to block out the light.

Don’t forget to have your kids decorate their solar viewer too!

If you’ve made a solar viewer I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter: @wiredhs.

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Smart Homes, Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology at Home – Infographic

Smart Homes Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology

Smart Homes Smart Toys

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, remember that technology can be your ally. Children living in this digital age are already used to interacting with technology every day, so integrating it into the learning curriculum can facilitate the learning process.

Even so, there are important reasons why you need to be mindful of the extent to which your children use technology. Consider some examples from tech titans present and past. Bill Gates did not permit his kids to have their own smartphones until they reached 13 years old, and Steve Jobs never allowed his young kids to use iPads. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider technology for younger children — but you should be more vigilant with younger kids.

There are indeed some interesting ways that you can use smart home technology and smart toy technology to make homeschooling a more interactive experience for you and yours. What follows is a look at specific smart home technology and smart toy technology to consider. Continue Reading →

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