Last week we finally got around to make some crafts of the toilet paper and paper towel rolls we’ve saved. We searched the internet for inspiration. It was not too big a surprise when my 3 yo daughter, the birdwatcher, wanted to make binoculars and a castle for Cinderella, and when my 2 yo son was eager to follow the princess lead but also got excited by cars.
First we painted the rolls, and for that we still use bits from the maternity box that has offered us so much free material for crafts. Painting with the spongy bits of the madras makes the painting easy even for the 2 yo. Next step was to cut windows for the castle, which both kids could easily do, when I first cut strips of the coloured paper they chose. Then we glued the windows, doors and roofs on. Unfortunately paper glue wasn’t the best on acrylic paint but we managed to press the windows on. My 3 yo was also able to do the initial cuts for the top part of the wall but I helped with the horizontal cut. Then they decorated the towers and walls with glitter glue (since Tiimari, the biggest crafts/junk shop chain, got bust, they are emptying their storage for up to -70%. I’ve been filling up my storage…). All in all, quite a good project for toddlers.
We also made binoculars and a racing car but even though we’ve been doing these over a few days, we kind of ran out of steam, so we made do with very simple prototypes. To get the wheels turn on the car, I would have attached the tyres with paper clips like in the original picture, if I’d have some at home.