An animated GIF of a kaleidoscope.

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As a child I was pretty shy and quiet. I was reading a lot – in fact I was reading so much that my mom took my book away and made me go outside every once in a while.

I remember watching raindrops making patterns on the outside of my window – for hours. I never got tired of watching them merging and after the merge – speeding down the glass, picking up more lonely rain drops on the way.

RaindropsPhoto “Raindrops” – courtesy of Saurav Pandey

Besides observing the playful raindrops, my favorite thing to was playing with my kaleidoscope. I always had one. Made of plastic or carton, with ever changing breathtakingly beautiful images, cheerful and colorful and bright. They always made me smile, no matter what.

KaleidoscopePhoto “Kaleidoscope” – courtesy of Wen Actually.

Nowadays, when everything is moving online, I was not surprised to discover that there are kaleidoscopes available on Internet as well. So far I came across two kaleidoscopes that really impressed me:

  • If you’re ready to dream a little bit just watching, visit the website below. It’s “click and watch” kind – you don’t have to do anything. However, you can affect the images and speed by moving your mouse across the screen:
  • The second one I highly recommend if you’re feeling creative – or you just want to play for a while. It lets you draw your own images with your mouse, lets you use a lot of different colors and moving images and more. The more you fill up the space provided, the more varied your kaleidoscope images will get. Give it a try, it’s a lot more fun than most video games:
    Build your own kaleidoscope

If I find more kaleidoscopic sites to dream by, I’ll add them to the list above.

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Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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