These toilet roll camouflage binoculars provide hours of cheap fun and are a great way to get the kids outside! We used ours whilst exploring the environment and completing my free printable nature scavenger hunt.
Here’s what we used
Clean Cardboard rolls
Glue gun and an adult OR pva glue
How to make toilet roll camouflage binoculars!
Cut out a strip of card the same height as the tp roll and long enough to wrap around it. Glue the card and wrap it around the toilet roll.
Repeat the above step to make the other side of the binoculars.
Glue a thin black strip around both ends of each toilet roll to make the rim of the binoculars.
Next cut out several patches from your coloured papers and glue them down randomly on each tube to create a camouflage effect
Glue the two tubes of the binoculars together and then finally take a length of string and glue an end down inside each tube on the outer edge of the roll. I used a glue gun for my kid’s binoculars but pva glue will work perfectly too, you’ll just need to make to sure your child’s binoculars are completely dry before they’re played with!
This free nature scavenger hunt printable is a great way to get outdoors with the kids and celebrate the warmer weather! We took our copies to the local lake and the kids had a great time running around looking for the different items on the list. We made two versions, one with labels for my youngest and one with blank labels for my eldest to fill out himself, it was a great way to encourage him to practise his writing and to make it extra fun we took a camera so they could take turns taking pictures of their findings!
my youngest child has been absolutely fascinated with butterflies over the last couple of months so i recently picked up one of my favorite childhood books for her; the very hungry caterpillar. She loved the story so much and really enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. So much so that we decided we would make her very own caterpillar to go on her wall. These adorable potato stamped caterpillars are so cute and easy to make which means they’re the perfect fun craft for older and younger children alike!
Here’s what we used
How to make potato stamped caterpillars
Take the potato and chop it in half ready for your little one to use as a stamp. We used three potato halves to make our caterpillar.
Add three different coloured paints onto the tray and place a potato in each.
Now its time for the fun part! Print the potatoes onto the paper to make the caterpillar’s body then Put the caterpillar aside to dry.
Add two eyes and some antennae to the caterpillar and then cut out and stick on several little feet. We then finished our cute caterpillar pictures by mounting them onto some cardboard. Once dry they’re ready to display and don’t they just look fab!
With all the beautiful weather that we’ve been having lately weve been trying to get outdoors as much as we possibly can. The other day we took a short drive out to a local lake and went for a walk around it. It was such a lovely day and the views were just amazing. On the way back around my little guy came across these really cool pinecones and it inspired us to come up with another pinecone craft. Ted came up with the idea to make this little DIY pinecone fairy craft and even decided how we would make the arms and head too. We think they look fab and plan to glue on a string loop so that we can display them in our kitchen!
Here’s what we used
Pinecone Coloured paints Pom Pom Pipecleaners Glue gun (pva glue can be used but is a lot more fiddly) Scissors
Take your pinecone and paint the end of your pines in your chosen colour before putting it aside to dry.
Once your pine cone has dried, take your pom pom and glue it in the center of the flat base of your pine cone. Then cut two equal lengths of pipe cleaner and glue one either side of the pom pom to make the arms. Curl the end of the pipe cleaners slightly to make the hands.
To make the wings take a pipe cleaner and bring both ends in to meet in the center. Twist the ends around the center of the pipe cleaner to create the shape of a number 8. Then glue your wings on and pinch them into a wing shape. Why not add a loop of ribbon so that you can hang your fairies up? They look adorable!
Todays craft has been so much fun, how adorable are these DIY ocean squid windsocks? My son is still crazy about all things under the sea and has been particularly fascinated by one creature for ages. It’s easy to see why he finds squids so interesting, there are many different types and each one looks so odd and unique. He loves learning about the different types and Weve been watching some of national geographic’s squid videos on YouTube this morning. So we thought perhaps it might be nice for us to make a squid themed craft for him to play with in the garden.
Here’s what we used
How to make our DIY ocean squid windsocks
First you will need to take your coloured card. Line one end with glue and then roll it round to make a tube
Use your scissors to round the top end of your tube into a curve.
Place your tube onto another piece of coloured card. Draw a raindrop shape around your tube so that it starts around halfway up and extends a few cm above your tube. Cut out your shape and glue it in position as you can see a above
Cut out some strips of crepe paper and glue them around the inside of your tube so that they hang freely down. You’ll notice that we made two of the front strips slightly longer and on these we cut out some rounded shapes to make the suckers.
Cut out two white circles for the eyes and then use your black marker to draw on the pupils. Glue your eyes to your tube. So that you can hang your squid up, you will need to make a hole on either side of your squid’s body. Cut off a length of string and then thread each side in through one of the holes and in to the centre. Tie the two loose ends together inside your tube.
To finish off our squid we added a dab of glue at the bottom of each of side of our rainbow shape. We then folded it inwards so that it stuck to our tube giving it more of a curve and making it more secure.
All that’s left to do now is to wait for a windy day so that you can see your squid in action! Aren’t they just the cutest?!