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Thursday, September 4, 2014

September 4: Kodak patented the roll film camera (1888).

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In honor of Kodak patenting the roll film camera on this date in 1888, you can show kids how to make their own camera.

Pinhole Camera


  • round oatmeal containers
  • tissue paper
  • aluminum foil
  • cellophane tape
  • flashlight
  • straight pins


  1. Cut a 3” square out of the bottom of the oatmeal container.
  2. Cover the hole with tissue paper.
  3. Cut another hole about the size of a postage stamp in the top of the box.
  4. Cover the hole with foil.
  5. In the middle of the foil, make a small hole with a pin.
  6. Cut out a black shape or picture and tape to front of flashlight.
  7. Hold oatmeal container about 2’ away from flashlight.
  8. Point foil toward flashlight.
  9. You should see the picture reflected on the tissue paper.
Source(s): Toolbox Training’s book 100 Science Activities for Kids (activity I17).

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