Optical Morpher

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In this amazing activity about light and reflection, learners will use a pie plate and reflective strips from a mylar balloon to try to morph their face into a friend's. Included as part of one of COSI's Family Science Quests (on page 1 of the PDF), this activity can easily be done as a stand-alone.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Mylar balloon, medium or large size
  • Dish or pan; flat, transparent, clear glass or plastic (like a pie plate)
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Reflection and Refraction


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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