(tot school tuesday) toilet paper wild thing monsters

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Where The Wild Things Are was one of my favorite childhood books and I’ve loved sharing my original copy with my 2 year old. This week for Tot School Tuesday, we decided to transform toilet paper rolls into “Wild Thing” monsters, minus the terrible teeth and terrible claws. I’m always amazed at how well my active boy does with activities like this that requires a little patience. He was so into painting his monsters and beamed at me when I complimented his painting skills. This age definitely comes with its challenges, but moments like these make it my favorite age yet! I could eat him up, I love him so.

Activity: Toilet Paper Wild Thing Monsters

(learning objective: fine motor skills, language development)


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Toilet Paper Rolls (cut in half)

Tempera Paint

Q-Tips or Paint Brushes

Extra Large Googly Eyes

Pipe Cleaners

Pom Poms

Craft Glue


Cut toilet paper rolls in half. Have your child paint the rolls with tempera paint and Q-tips or paint brushes. While the rolls are drying, read Where The Wild Things Are and other monster books together. Once dry, help your child turn their painted rolls into monsters by gluing a giant googly eye to the front. You can also help them wrap a pipe cleaner around the roll and trim into antennas, gluing pom poms to the ends.

Tot School Tuesday Co-host: Kara of Mine for the Making (visit her blog for preschool aged activities)

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3 Responses

  1. Oh, painting with q-tips! I never thought of that, but it would force fine motor control. I’ll have to try that the next time the weather is bad.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Annie! Another perk about using Q-tips is no cleaning necessary…you can just throw them away 😉

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