From The Creative Counselor: Coping with Change" - Taken from the Child Life Council. Kaleidoscopes are great for distraction for children of all ages, giving them a different focus that what is going on around them. Making your own kaleidoscopes allows children to explore their creative side. Using them to talk about change helps children see concrete examples of how the world is constantly changing, and how we handle it all depends on how we look at it. Therapeutic play.