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Earth Day Craft : Easy Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

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Peachpurple used toilet paper rolls to make homemade toys for her son. Doing so saves money and is fun, too!

My son kept showing off his Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars to his classmates !

My son kept showing off his Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars to his classmates !

What Can I Do With Toilet Paper Rolls?

I had dozens of toilet paper rolls kept in the storeroom and decided to turn some of them into something fun for my son to play with. He had grown bored of his old toys. You don't have to fork out money to buy new toys for your kids. Just recycle trash into useful toys! Doing so works in your favor, as kids' interests in new toys typically do not stay for a long time.

What Can Your Kids Learn From a Toilet Paper Craft?

  • It was fun in making this binocular craft together, as my son gets to choose his favorite colors for the construction papers and cut them up. Pasting around the toilet rolls also tested his patience.
  • Kids are always full of curiosity and ask tons of questions. Hence, my son learned what Earth Day was all about and how to reuse or recycle trash. He had many questions about how the toilet paper is created.
  • Teach your kids about the benefits of recycling unwanted items into useful and fun objects to play with while commemorating Earth Day.
Prepare toilet paper rolls and a bottle of white glue

Prepare toilet paper rolls and a bottle of white glue

What You'll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet rolls
  • Colorful construction papers
  • Bottle of white glue
  • 2 pegs or clothespins
  • A long string
Paste the blue paper around the toilet roll

Paste the blue paper around the toilet roll

1. Glue the Paper

  • Sort out large pieces of construction papers that are a similar size to the toilet roll.
  • You will need two pieces as there are two toilet rolls you need to cover up. Allow your child to pick the colors.
  • Teach them to apply white glue to the paper they chose.
  • Don't use a finger to scoop up the glue. Use a kebab stick or toothpick to scoop it up if you are using a bottle of white glue with a wide opening.
  • For those who are using small white glue bottle with a small tip, just spread the glue all over the blue paper and paste it around one end of the toilet roll paper.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the second roll.
Paste bits of yellow paper on top of each other

Paste bits of yellow paper on top of each other

2. Decorate the Binoculars

  • I have some bits of yellow constructions paper which are partly torn, but I don't want to throw them away. I used them to paste on the other end of the toilet paper roll.
  • Try not to use new pieces of construction paper. I think it's a waste of money.
  • You could substitute the paper with gift wrapper or brochures too. Make the binoculars unique and fun!
peg both top and bottom of the toilet paper roll

peg both top and bottom of the toilet paper roll

3. Clip the Rolls Together

  • Apply a strip of white glue on one side of the toilet paper roll. Spread it as generously as you can.
  • Fix the other roll together.
  • Use two pegs to clip the middle part of the binoculars, one peg for each side.
  • Allow the white glue to set. It will take approximately 20 minutes to dry.
  • While waiting for the glue to dry, get another piece of long rectangular paper which is the length of both toilet paper rolls.
  • Apply white glue on all sides of the construction paper and paste it around the middle part of the binoculars.
  • This is to cover up the middle part so that both the toilet rolls will stick together in case if they fall apart.
tie a string on both sides

tie a string on both sides

4. Attach the String

  • Get a string or yarn to measure the length your kid wants to hang the binoculars around his neck. Mine was approximately 30 inches long.
  • Use a sharp tool such as a screwdriver or a penknife to poke one small hole on the right-hand side of the binocular. Do the same on the left-hand side.
  • Make sure that the hole is big enough for the string to thread through.
  • Remember, poking the holes are not the child's task. This is to be done by adults only.
  • Thread in the string on the left-hand side and tie two knots to ensure that it is not loose.
  • Repeat the same procedure for the right-hand side hole too.
  • Remove the pegs, but don't let your child pull apart the binoculars. Otherwise, the paper will tear off as well.
  • You're done! Have fun bird watching!

Last but Not Least...

I hope you had a great time making this toilet paper craft with your kid(s) at home. Let your imagination run wild, and have a good time mix-matching the papers! Wishing you all a "Happy Earth Day." Remember, every day is Earth Day!

Don't discard left over construction papers. Put them into good use

Don't discard left over construction papers. Put them into good use

My Type of Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

I had seen many websites and Pinterest that featured a similar project that was hand painted with watercolors, crayons, or color pencils. However, I really do not want to see my son holding a pair of binoculars with paints smear on his hands, especially if his hands are wet or sweaty.

As you many know, kids are not aware of and cautious about the hygiene and toxic found in paints, crayons and color pencils (even though many branded companies claimed that their products are toxic free). It is better to be safe than sorry. Your kid might be holding a piece of graham cracker in one hand which had been smeared and pop in the food with the toxic paint into his mouth! Think about the consequences.

Hence, I decided to changed the coloring phase to pasting construction papers instead, which are clean and colorful.

mushroom soup card box -cut them and roll it.

mushroom soup card box -cut them and roll it.

How to Substitute Toilet Paper Rolls

If you don't have any empty toilet paper rolls, don't pull out the rolls from new toilet paper rolls! Try using these alternatives:

  1. Take an empty card box from grocery items. Examples are mushroom soup boxes and refillable powder milk boxes.
  2. Cut off the flaps and all the four sides of the box.
  3. Roll each card box into a cylinder.
  4. Seal up the edges with white glue, double-sided tape, or masking tape to ensure that it doesn't come off easily.

Test Yourself , How Much You Know About Earth Day

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the symbol for recycling?
    • The Earth with a heart on it
    • Three arrows that create an endless loop
    • A gold star
  2. How does planting trees help our environment?
    • Trees provide homes for birds and other animals.
    • Trees help clean the air.
    • Trees help reduce pollution in water.
    • All of the above.
  3. Which uses less water…a shower or a bath?
    • A shower
    • A bath
  4. What is composting?
    • Pulling weeds in your garden
    • Posting information about the environment online
    • Recycling scraps of fruit, veggies and other organic materials by planting them outside
  5. Which of these things is NOT recyclable?
    • Foam drinking cups
    • Plastic bags
    • Cell phones

Answer Key

  1. Three arrows that create an endless loop
  2. All of the above.
  3. A shower
  4. Recycling scraps of fruit, veggies and other organic materials by planting them outside
  5. Foam drinking cups

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Oh Dear ! You had not updated yourself about the Earth Day. Try again.

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Well, you are way off the Earth Day cause. Have you read some articles about Earth Day?

If you got 4 correct answers: Yes, you are trying your best, need to read more on Earth Day articles.

If you got 5 correct answers: Well Done ! You had answered almost or should I say all of them right. You are indeed an Earth Day fan.

Cute Children Making Binoculars

© 2013 peachy

Comments

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 27, 2015:

@emisue thanks, my son is still playing with it after 2 years

Emily Lantry from Tennessee on December 18, 2015:

What a cute idea!

I have to try the binoculars with my little ones.

Thank you for sharing!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on May 08, 2015:

thanks sylvestermouse, kids should learn to make crafts instead of playing online games

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 06, 2015:

What a really neat, and fun, craft idea! I love the idea of encouraging children to look at the world around the and discover how fabulous everything is when really studied.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on April 16, 2015:

lol! well, remember to keep those toilet paper rolls and make binoculars for them. My son is still keeping his

Nichol marie from The Country-Side on April 12, 2015:

my littlist ones are always using their hands like binoculars these would be so much fun to make and easy, I don't know what I.was thinking throwing the tp rolls away.

Great hub

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 27, 2015:

thanks wilderness, yeah, some kids play a lot and the binoculars would have torn by now.

Thanks sweetieie, a great way to save mother Earth

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on March 26, 2015:

I love earth day crafts, and what a great way to reuse things that people usually throw away.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on March 15, 2015:

This sounds like something my grandchildren will soon be doing. I don't imagine the binoculars last long, but then that isn't the point, is it?

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 31, 2015:

Writer Fox

thanks fox, my son went ga ga over his binoculars, he kept peeping here and there , like a detective.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 31, 2015:

What a cute idea! This looks like an easy craft activity for small children. Voted up.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 26, 2015:

thanks peggy, you are my biggest fan and I am thankful for your votes

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2015:

Watching that video at the end with those cute kids made me smile. It is wonderful to make homemade toy items and recycle things at the same time. Many up votes and pinning to my craft board and will also share. Good job!

swilliams on January 15, 2015:

Yes! I agree! :)

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 15, 2015:

dear swilliams

good way to reuse toilet paper rolls right?

swilliams on January 14, 2015:

What a unique article! Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars Craft for Kids, is adorable. I got one wrong on the test, which provided great inormation about recycling! Voted up!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on November 27, 2014:

thanks for trying out the quiz. I love making these stuff for my son, never bought any toys for him

Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on November 27, 2014:

Well, sort of "flunked" the quiz...3/5...thought I would ace it! This, along with your other crafty hubs, rock! Love crafting with grand kids...some great fresh ideas. Thanks!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 22, 2014:

The tp binoculars are cute! And this opens up more possibilities for using toilet paper rolls. Pinned!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 15, 2014:

@biana

Thanks!

@VVaNess

I am sure you going to have a great time watching

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 15, 2014:

This is SO cute! I will have to create some of these with the kids I watch! :)

Biana on January 06, 2014:

Hey, that post leaves me feeling fohoisl. Kudos to you!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 13, 2013:

@ep

Oops! Sorry! I am sure your friends- kids will enjoy this craft. My son even sleep with it !

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 11, 2013:

Aw- I don't have kids, but a lot of my friends do. I'll pass this on to them!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 11, 2013:

@ep

thanks. Hope your kids will enjoy the craft too.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 11, 2013:

Sounds adorable!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 11, 2013:

@ep

Yeah, my son has been meddling around with the binoculars since earth day until now. He would peep around the corner of the wall, furniture and windows to see what's going on with his binoculars and cap. Very cute!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 11, 2013:

Very cute! Perfect project for kids to do and show off!!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on April 17, 2013:

thanks for reading. Let's make a difference!!

Isabella from Outback Queensland on April 14, 2013:

I like how you sum up this awesome and creative hub..Everyday is an Earth Day!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 12, 2013:

Yes, every day is a day to celebrate our Earth. And children are so excited to do just that. Involving them in all things positive that our Earth offers us and that they can do to keep Her well and happy is an opportunity to head them in the right direction as they care for our planet.

Thanks for sharing this.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2013:

You said it right, 'Everyday is Earth day'. It is good to involve the kids with such great craft ideas, making useful things and caring and preserving the Nature.

Very good and thanks for sharing the idea.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on April 12, 2013:

Cute idea! I remember making these when I was a kid...but I never decorated them, just glued the tubes together. This looks like a fun project to do with my daughter! Thanks for sharing!

Faythe Payne from USA on April 11, 2013:

This is such a cute and good idea..I think my grands will have fun with this project..thanks voting up..

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 11, 2013:

I love all the projects with recycled materials... it stimulates also the imagination of kids to try other things later! And the clothespins are one of my favorite tools as well :-)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 11, 2013:

So creative and such a lovely idea for kids.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on April 11, 2013:

Cute!