(tot school tuesday) toilet paper roll binoculars kid craft

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This summertime heat has required some creativity to keep my 3 year old occupied because he can’t play outside much. This week we made toilet paper roll binoculars, a fun and easy kid craft that can be turned into a great learning activity. Logan roamed around the house with his homemade binoculars searching out dinosaurs and identifying different colors and shapes. Luckily, it was cool enough to take our binoculars outside early in the morning for these photos. The perfect summer activity!

Activity: Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars Kid Craft


2 Toilet Paper Rolls

Sponge Brush

Acrylic or Tempera Paint


Ric Rac (or other decorative embellishments)

Hole Punch



Allow your child to paint the 2 toilet paper rolls with their choice of color(s). Allow toilet paper rolls to dry. Glue a piece of ric rac around each toilet paper roll as shown in the photo. Glue the toilet paper rolls together in the shape of binoculars as shown in the photo. Punch 2 holes on the sides of each toilet paper roll and tie a piece of yarn through the holes to make a binocular “strap”. Allow your child to explore and search for dinosaurs, birds and other animals. You could even play an eye-spy type of game with the binoculars and have your child search out specific objects or colors.

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.