I spent a few months collecting egg cartons, baby food jars and toilet paper rolls for the Love of Learning Center at the TJED Forum in Salt Lake City, UT.
When the two wild, crazy and fun days were over I was out of baby food jars and egg cartons. But my, oh my, did I have toilet paper rolls left; dozens of them. Goes to show just what product we use most in our homes.
So I just started looking around at what can be done with them. This is a blog of self explanatory pictures. You are going to be amazed.
No matter what topic you want to introduce to your child, no matter the season or the holiday, you can find crafts with toilet paper roll creations to match. Really!! Enjoy!!! (These fun and easy crafts can be tried with paper towel rolls too. So these can also be called paper towel roll crafts). : )
These pictures are of toilet paper roll crafts for small children. Even two year olds could manage most of them with help. In the spring your children could make the apple tree, plant a seed in a cup, visit a green house and read a book on what happens in the spring. (Directions for all craft available at the end). This little family of dolls would be a great entry project to family genealogy.
Then add the materials for the birds and add a book on baby animals. Use your Spark Station as a place to get them started.
The next few pictures are of toilet paper tube crafts for children who are a bit older. Tie these projects into topics that you want to inspire your children with. For example, if you want to introduce the Middle Ages, get a good book and put the materials for the castle in your Spark Station.
If you are introducing them to the solar system get a book on NASA and have the materials to make the rocket. If you are studying American Indians choose a tribe that actually used totem poles and then make one.
And wouldn’t it be fun to have an older child make the “Where the Wild Things Are” puppets and then use them to tell the story to younger children.
Now I wouldn’t want you to think that toilet paper tubes are only good for crafts for younger children. Have a family night project and get your older children and dad involved. Just take a look at these amazing things made from the lowly toilet paper roll!!!
Oh I just can’t resist. The options for Spark Station learning projects with these paper tubes is just too delicious. Why, use them to introduce George Washington and the Human body.
Here are the directions for all the fun and easy crafts in the above pictures.
Where the Wild Things Are
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