Making your own microscope slides from cardboard and tape is a great way to cut the costs down to almost nothing. If you are a teacher or parent of young students, they will find making their very own microscope slides a fun activity as well. You can use the microscope slides with a standard microscope or a "make-believe" microscope. Either way, microscopes and microscope slides make learning science more fun.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Clear tape
- Fine-tip permanent marker
Measure and mark a 1.5-inch-by-2.5-inch rectangle on a piece of thin cardboard, like from a cereal box or poster board.
Cut out the rectangle and fold it to form a 3/4-inch-by-2.5-inch slide.
Cut out a 1/2-inch-by-1/2-inch window in the centre; you can favour either the folded slide or the cut slide.
Cut a 1-inch long strip of clear tape. Carefully lay it sticky side up.
Place the object or specimen to be magnified and studied on the centre of the tape strip using a pair of tweezers.
Cut another 1-inch long strip of clear tape. Place this tape on top of the tape strip with the object or specimen to "close it."
Open the cardboard microscope slide and place the tape strip into it, positioning the object or specimen to be in the direct centre of the viewing window.
Glue or tape the tape strip in place. Glue or tape the cardboard microscope slide closed.
Label the cardboard microscope slide by writing the date and specimen or object name directly on the cardboard with a fine-tipped permanent marker.
Tips and warnings
- Don't touch the tape with your fingers--use tweezers to place the object or specimen--because fingers will leave a fingerprint, dust, dirt or grease.
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