Monday, March 30, 2020

Green Tree Frog Life Cycle Pond Small World

When my big girl started prep last year they did an awesome unit on butterflies where they got caterpillar eggs and kept them in their classroom. The kids got to watch them go through the life cycle all the way to butterflies and it was a great hands on way for them to learn about life cycles. After they did that I started thinking about creative ways I could teach other animal life cycles at home {without actually keeping live animals}.

There are many other ways to teach animal life cycles like drawings, puzzles and books, however I wanted to think of something more hands on. Then I found the Safari Ltd life cycle of a frog figurine set and knew I could easily turn that into a fun small world for the girls. A frog life cycle small world was a great way to physically show them the life cycle of frogs, without having to actually keep {or touch, eww} real tadpoles and frogs.
Green tree frog life cycle small world tray
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WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF THE GREEN TREE FROG LIFE CYCLE?


The life cycle of a frog is most commonly broken down into five different stages: egg - tadpole - tadpoles with leg - froglet - adult frog 

An adult frog lays up to 1500 eggs at a time which then group together with the clear jelly like substance albumen and float on the water surface until they hatch. The eggs will hatch between 1-3 weeks into tadpoles. Once hatched the tadpole will first develop gills, then legs. It will then grow arms and become a froglet and finally it will absorb its tail back into its body to become an adult frog. The entire process takes approximately 12 weeks from eggs to adult frog. The Safari frog life cycle set is a great way to visually represent the frog life cycle to younger children.

safari frog life cycle figurine set


HOW TO CREATE A GREEN TREE FROG LIFE CYCLE SMALL WORLD PLAY TRAY






WHAT YOU WILL NEED


- Water
- Play tray
- Blue food colouring {optional}
- Frog life cycle figurines
- River stones {large}
- Small pebbles
- Foam Lily pads
- Leaf garland





To put together our frog small world I used our trusty Kmart drinks tray, a pack of small river rocks and a few large river rocks, the safari frog life cycle set, an artificial floating lotus flower, a huge leaf I picked from the neighbour's garden that looks like a lily pad and some water with a few drops of blue food colouring. Once I set it up I also wrapped an ivy leaf garland around the tray so it looked like a little pond in the middle of a wetland area. You may notice we were missing the tadpole in our small world, that's because my darling children had lost it somewhere and we still haven't found it. 

Everything I used for our small world we already had in our stash at home but most of it came from dollar stores and I got the frog life cycle set online. To set up the tray I placed the rocks first then added the water to the level I wanted {I always try and keep it quite shallow because I know it'll get splashed}. I then placed the lily pad and lotus and finally the figurines. I put them all in areas they are likely to be found in a real pond so it was as realistic as possible and we could discuss where each of them are usually found.



LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


- Frog habitat facts
- Frog life cycle stages
- Language development
- Hypothesising
- Imaginary play
- Sensory play

The girls both loved the small world. Even though it was primarily set up for my 6yr old, my youngest ended up playing with it for a long time after her sister was done. She spent ages engaging in lots of imaginary play with the frog and babies. And splashing, there was lots of splashing, despite there only being a small amount of water. The only thing I would change is to use a little less blue food colouring next time, or possibly just plain water because she had blue stained hands after playing in the water for over half an hour {but it was totally worth it because she had so much fun}.



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Friday, March 27, 2020

Sensory Play Ideas to try this Easter

Sensory play is my favourite type of play {closely followed by small world play}. Sensory play can involve anything that stimulates children's senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. It can incorporate any number of the senses from focusing on one to all five. It's often the first type of play babies and toddlers engage in and it's excellent for naturally developing nerve connections in the brain as they play.

By engaging in sensory play children are naturally exploring and investigating items and materials in numerous ways. They're using fine motor skills as they manipulate items and they're naturally using scientific thinking and trying to problem solve. As they get older sensory play is also great for language building and prompting imaginary play. 

Sensory play activities can be set up for any type of theme whether it be fundamental learning like colours, shapes, letters and numbers, or holidays themes like Christmas and Easter. We do sensory play for anything and everything in this house. The Easter sensory play activities in this post are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers


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EASTER SENSORY BIN IDEAS


Sensory bins are great because by using a tub or tray you have a defined play space so the sensory play will {hopefully} be contained and won't get too messy. Sensory bins can be set up using so many different materials including wet or dry items and food and non taste-safe items. The following Easter sensory bin ideas feature a mix of taste safe activities and bins that are only suitable for children who are no longer mouthing.


For this Easter surprise sensory bin from The Keeper of the Memories you'll need some shredded paper, plastic eggs, pom poms {or other small items} and coloured bowls. Hide the pom poms or other items inside the eggs and the kids can search through the tub, pull out the eggs and find the surprises inside. It's like a bunch of kinder surprise eggs without the chocolate overload.


A really simple sensory activity I did with my big girl while I was pregnant and lacking energy for pretty much everything was to float plastic eggs in water. I half filled a shallow tray with water and then added plastic eggs so we could see if they would sink or float. I gave her a slotted spoon to scoop them out and then some coloured egg cups for her to sort them into.



This feed the bunnies sensory activity combines a sensory bin and an Easter printable. To set it up fill a small tub with dried black beans and some mini carrot erasers. Print the free bunny template from Moments with Miss and get your child to feed the bunnies by finding the right amount of carrots in the sensory tub and putting them on the bunny's belly. This is a great fine motor and counting activity.



This Easter sensory bin from Susie at Busy Toddler is one of the easiest ones to put together and will entertain your kids for ages. Simply fill the bottom of a plastic tub with coloured rice, add a few egg carton bases and a heap of plastic eggs. The kids can scoop and pour the rice as well as stack the eggs inside the egg cartons. There's also lots of opportunities for colour sorting, patterning and counting while playing with the eggs.



Make a taste safe cloud dough Easter sensory bin like My Bored Toddler. To make the cloud dough you'll need flour {or cornflour} and olive oil. Fill the tub with plastic Easter eggs and kids can have fun filling and emptying the eggs as well as squishing the cloud dough between their fingers. Cloud dough has a similar consistency to kinetic sand, however it's perfectly taste safe for mouthing babies and toddlers {although I don't think I'd like to taste it}.



This magnetic Easter egg hunt sensory bin will entertain the kids for ages. Fill a plastic tub with shredded paper then hide plastic eggs filled with metal rim counters and use magnetic wands to find and collect them. Once the kids have found the eggs they can open them up and colour sort and count the metal rim counters like Happy Toddler Play Time did.



Another really simple, fun Easter sensory bin that's packed full of learning opportunities is this egg colour matching sensory bin from Little Bins for Little Hands. You'll need plastic eggs and some pom poms in matching colours. Fill a tub with the poms poms and plastic eggs and get the kids to open the eggs and fill them with matching pom poms. It's great for hand/eye co-ordination and building up hand strength as they open and close the eggs as well as learning colours.



This squishy water bead Easter sensory bin will provide hours of sensory fun. Fill a plastic tub with loads of water beads and some sparkly plastic eggs like The Keeper of the Memories did and let the kids loose. There's just something about the soothing feeling of water beads that most kids can't resist, even I find them calming as an adult. Do be mindful though to always use them under supervision and not with children who are still mouthing. For a similar taste safe version you could use dyed tapioca pearls.



My all time favourite sensory base is coloured rice, so I love this coloured rice Easter sensory bin from Views from a Step Stool. To make it fill a tub or bucket with coloured rice and add in some plastic eggs, mini chickens, a scoop and some gater tweezers. This sensory bin gives loads of opportunities to work on fine motor skills as the kids scoop and pour the rice and grab the chickens.



This counting carrots sensory bin from Taming Little Monsters is a great way to practice number recognition and counting while playing. You'll need an egg carton, foam carrots, wooden bunnies and some green sensory rice. Number each section of the egg carton and number the carrots so the kids can match them up after they dig up the carrots from the rice.



I did this Easter sensory bin with my toddler using some yellow shredded paper, plastic eggs, big foam carrots and moss bunnies. It was great for language development as we talked about each of the items and colours. She even turned it into imaginary play feeding the bunnies and calling the eggs mummy, daddy, grandma and baby. For full info on how you can set this tub up in less than two minutes read my blog post here.


EASTER SENSORY PLAY WITH SLIME


I'm going to admit straight up I'm not the biggest fan of slime, I try to avoid it at all costs, but my kids love the stuff. So, occasionally I give in and we have some sticky squishy fun. If your kids love all things slime then give these Easter slime ideas a try.


The thing I love most about this chick slime from Steamsational is that it's contained in a jar {haha joking, not really}.  Chick slime would be a great non chocolate Easter gift to include in the kids Easter basket and provides a great sensory activity for the school holidays. Get the slime recipe from Steamsational here.



If you're like me and like slime in small doses then try these slime Easter eggs. To make them you'll need white glue, borax, hot water, food colouring and some plastic eggs. Get the slime recipe from Simplistically Living here.


PLAYDOUGH EASTER PLAY


Playdough is one of my favourite sensory mediums because it provides so many learning opportunities and it's cheap to buy or make at home. It stimulates the senses with bright colours, a squishy soft texture and can also smell amazing if scented. It's also a great fine motor workout as kids roll, squeeze, squish, cut, poke and pull it into all different shapes.



I love these free Easter playdough mats from Picklebums. There are 4 different designs available including an egg, a bunny, an Easter bonnet and a hatching egg. Print them off and laminate them then decorate them with playdough and loose parts.



Kate put together this cute Easter playdough kit as an Easter gift for her 4yr old. It's easy to put together your own playdough kit using Easter cookie cutters, confetti, playdoh and some mini Easter figurines or decorations. Have a close up look at Kate's playdough kit here.


I did this chicken playdough invitation to play with my big girl. I put all of the loose parts and playdough out in a sectioned tray and we both made our own playdough chickens. Check out my blog post here for all the details.






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Monday, March 23, 2020

100+ Free Indoor and Outdoor Activities and educational resources to entertain the kids at home.

Everybody knows that it's only a matter of time before kids inevitably start with I'm boooooored, especially when they're at home. However, now you don't have to worry about kids saying I'm bored on the weekend, school holidays or any other time you may find yourself at home for long periods of time, because I've put together this list of over 100 FREE Indoor and Outdoor Activities for kids to do at home. I've also included some wonderful free online educational resources if you find yourself unexpectedly homeschooling.

Many parents are currently finding themselves with kids at home full time. For some this may be a very daunting thought, especially if it's been a few years since you've had kids home 24/7. It's even more daunting because lots of free activities like visiting the library, going to a park, a museum, a shopping centre or the movies may also be out of the question for an unknown period of time. It's OK though, all the activities below can be done 100% from home, you don't even need to leave your own backyard.


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Easter Sensory Bin for toddlers

It's easy to overthink and over complicate play experiences for kids, however when it comes to toddlers especially, simple play is often the best. Toddlers don't have the greatest attention spans, so instead of spending ages creating elaborate set ups then being disappointed when they only play with it for a few minutes, simply pick a few key items they love and you'l often be surprised how long they play {because they're not overwhelmed with options}.

When my 2yr old wanted to do some Easter play I set up this super simple Easter sensory tub for her using a few larger Easter themed items. It only uses 4 different items and only took me less than 2 minutes to set it up {not even joking}. The best part is all the items can be sourced for only a few dollars.

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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- A tub or tray
- Shredded paper
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Grass foam bunnies
- Styrofoam carrots




I set our sensory bin up in one of our trofast trays inside our flisat table. I used styrofoam carrots, moss bunnies and plastic eggs because they're all quite large so not choking hazards {although please always supervise toddlers} and we already had all of them at home. I'm somewhat of a craft hoarder and stock up on all the things, especially cheap novelty holiday items! If you don't already have them they're usually all readily available around Easter time from local dollar shops, craft stores and even supermarkets. You can also find them online at Etsy, or Amazon.
To set up the sensory tub simply add the shredded paper as a base then spread the bunnies, carrots and plastic eggs throughout the tub. If you want to make it an Easter hunt sensory tub, bury the carrots and eggs under the shredded paper so kids have to dig for them. You can also get the kids to sort the items by colour and count them to add in some extra learning.


When we did this sensory tub I thought she would initially just throw everything out of the tub or throw the shredded paper on the floor, however she surprised me by initiating her own imaginary play. She was calling the eggs mummy, daddy and grandma based on their colours {mummy was pink, daddy blue and grandma green because it's her favourite colour}. She was making them walk around and pretend to eat the carrots saying mmmm yummy.

The plastic eggs are also great for fine motor practice and hand strengthening as kids try to open and close them. It didn't take her long to realise that they opened and closed. It was a bit tricky for her to try and line the shell up to make them click back together, but that provided some great incidental hand/eye co-ordination practice.


She played with the sensory tub for a good 20-30 minutes initially and then kept going back to it over the next few days. By setting it up in a tub in our flisat table I could easily just put the tray back over the top so it was all contained until she wanted to play with it next. If you only have a tub or tray to set it up in simply remove it to another room or cupboard and bring it back out when they want to play with it again.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

45+ DIY Games, Toys and Crafts to make from Toilet Paper Rolls

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In my opinion the humble toilet paper roll is one of the most overlooked and underutilised craft resources available. Firstly they're free, and anything free is a good thing! They're readily available {well they're usually readily available to any household that has toilet paper}. You're helping the environment and reducing waste by reusing them. Also once your children lose interest in whatever craft or masterpiece you've made with them, they're recyclable. So they're a win for the hip pocket, the environment and one of the best boredom busters to entertain children at home, plus an added bonus is you don't need to be a crafty mum to use them. I've put together a list of over 45 things you can make using toilet paper rolls.

Basket of toilet paper rolls
I know some people may be a bit freaked out about using toilet paper rolls given they may contain germs because they've been near a toilet, however there are a few ways you can disinfect them. If you're concerned, they can be sprayed with disinfectant spray like Glen 20, or left out in the sun for a few hours, or you can use this technique by The Artisan Life. Alternatively you can also make everything below using paper towel rolls, empty wrapping paper rolls or empty cling wrap and baking paper rolls cut to size {or purchase craft cardboard tubes here or here}.



DIY GAMES AND TOYS THAT CAN BE MADE FROM TOILET PAPER ROLLS


Toilet paper roll construction tower

Kids bored of their toys? No problem, make your own DIY cardboard construction blocks using toilet paper rolls. These cardboard linking blocks from Picklebums are similar in concept to plugging flowers and are the ultimate open ended DIY toy. Leave them plain, or make them bright and colourful with watercolours or acrylic paint.


toilet paper roll watches

Help teach the kids how to tell the time by making their own toilet paper roll watch. Make them for different times of the day so they can change them throughout the day. Follow the super easy instructions on Red Ted Art.

toilet paper roll stacking toy

Probably the easiest DIY toy to make from toilet paper rolls is this DIY cardboard tube stacking toy. Simply cut some toilet paper rolls in half and use a paper towel holder like Normal Life Mom or even a jewellery stand or plate stand to stack them on.


cardboard tube diy marble run

Create a DIY marble run using toilet paper rolls. You'll need cardboard tubes, paint, tape and glue. You can make it as simple or complex as you like {see Powerful Mothering for instructions}. Use the marble run with marbles or pom poms.


magnetic cardboard tube marble run on a fridge

For another twist on a traditional marble run, try making this magnetic toilet paper roll marble run. Follow the tutorial at Go Science Kids and you can make your own ball run using toilet paper rolls, washi tape and magnetic tape. Imagine how much fun the kids will have designing their own ball run on the fridge or dishwasher {also a great way to occupy them while cooking dinner!}.


Make a really simple pom pom ball drop activity for younger kids by taping paper towel rolls into the wall with paper cups underneath like Active Littles. Use stronger tape like painters tape or masking tape so they don't fall off the wall.



Create a stem building challenge with toilet paper rolls and other loose parts like Hands-On Teaching Ideas did. Give the kids a box of recyclable loose parts like toilet paper rolls, paper plates, empty cardboard boxes and anything else you have and challenge them to build a structure that won't fall over. The beauty of this activity is that it can be done over and over with different results every time and there's no right or wrong outcome.



Use toilet paper rolls and cardboard tubes to create a dinosaur skeleton like Your Modern Family. This is a great steam activity {science, technology, engineering, art + maths} and a great hands on experience while homeschooling children. Toilet paper rolls can be used to make a number of different transient art skeletons. Go with your child's interests and research skeletons of animals they love then they can be little paleontologists and try to recreate them with cardboard rolls.



Use an empty cardboard box, pieces of cardboard and toilet paper rolls to create a DIY bug hotel like Sarah. Add in some bits and pieces from nature like leaves, sticks, bark and pinecones. Use the bug hotel inside with plastic bugs, or leave it outside to attract some real creepy crawlies.




IMAGINARY PLAY USING ITEMS MADE FROM TOILET ROLLS


There are so many different crafts that can be made from toilet paper rolls {scroll down further in this post to find heaps of them}, however some of them can also then be used as props for imaginary play.

We made these toilet paper roll houses for small world play using toilet paper rolls and egg cartons. They're the perfect size for peg dolls, fairies, Shopkins and other mini figurines. To make them follow my tutorial for toilet paper roll houses here.



If you want to make some more detailed fairy houses try these toilet paper roll toadstool houses. They'd be great in a fairy village small world and you can add an led tea light to turn them into lanterns. Follow the tutorial at Moms & Crafters for step by step instructions to make them.



If your kids are into space themed activities then make some rockets using paper towel rolls {or toilet paper rolls} and use them in a space small world or activity tray. Look We're Learning has an easy to follow tutorial for making cardboard space rockets. You'll need a hot glue gun {but could substitute with tape if you don't have one}.



If you have some yarn and fabric scraps you can make these toilet paper roll red riding hood figures from Red Ted Art. By raiding your craft stash and using up a few bits and bobs you can make these cute toilet paper dolls and use them to re-tell Little Red Riding Hood.


There's quite a few different way to make a race car from toilet paper rolls, but this tutorial from Thrifty Jinxy makes some of the sturdiest ones I've seen. You'll need to have some special craft items on hand like split pins and a hole punch {if you don't have these there are other toilet paper car crafts further down in this post}. Once you've made the toilet paper hot rods, the kids can have loads of fun racing them against each other.


FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES USING CARDBOARD TUBES


Toilet paper rolls are also a great tool to help children build their fine motor skills. Use them for various threading, stacking and cutting activities which get fingers working as well as helping with hand/eye co-ordination and problem solving. Below are four different fine motor activities using toilet paper rolls.


If you have a packet of plastic straws or paper straws at home and a hole punch, you can set up this cardboard tube threading activity in just a few minutes. Simply punch a few holes around the cardboard tube and let the kids thread the straws through in all different directions. I love how Laughing Kids Learn has used really bright coloured straws.



A fun way for kids to start using scissors is by giving paper haircuts to cardboard dolls. These dolls with bright paper hair by Laughing Kids Learn are really easy to make and because the hair is coloured paper it's quite easy for kids to cut through. How many different hairstyles will they make?



Another really cute way for preschoolers to practice cutting with scissors is to turn toilet paper rolls into cute fine motor skills men {and women}. The kids can help draw faces onto the toilet paper rolls and then practice cutting through the cardboard to create hair. Find more info at Mama Teaches.



For toddlers you can easily turn a toilet paper roll into large cardboard beads for threading. To make the beads colourful like Laughing Kids Learn, either wrap them in coloured paper or paint them with acrylic paint. Make sure you always supervise younger children while doing this activity as the cardboard tubes can start to disintegrate and could be ingested if they mouth them.


PAINTING AND STAMPING METHODS USING TOILET PAPER ROLLS


If you don't have an art cupboard brimming with paint brushes, stamps and bits and pieces, never fear! Toilet paper rolls make the perfect substitute paint stamp and there's many different ways to create a unique masterpiece using them. Here's four different ways to paint with toilet paper rolls.


Create a beautiful stained glass painting using toilet paper rolls and watercolour paints. The kids will be entertained while creating their own artwork plus you'll have some unique pieces to decorate the house with once they're done. Get all the instructions at Powerful Mothering.



Make these cardboard tube or toilet paper roll flower stamps and use them to create some pretty flower art. Cut different flower petal shapes into the rolls and then use different coloured acrylic paint to create some gorgeous floral masterpieces. Find more info on flower painting at Taming Little Monsters.


Make these shape stamps from toilet paper rolls by simply moudling them with your fingers into different shapes. It's really easy to make a toilet paper tube into a heart, circle, rectangle, square, triangle and oval. This painting activity from Laughing Kids Learn doubles as a way for younger children to learn and recognise shapes as well get messy and creative indoors {or out in the backyard if you're worried about the mess}. 


Toilet paper rolls are also the perfect shape to make bunny and Easter egg paint stamps. This is a great craft idea for right now as Easter is on it's way and it's also great for spring. Follow the instructions at Natural Beach Living to make the bunny and egg toilet paper paint stamps.



16 EASY CRAFTS USING TOILET ROLLS AND CARDBOARD TUBES


The most obvious way to use toilet paper rolls is for 101 different craft ideas. I've collated a few different craft ideas in this post, however you can find more toilet paper roll craft ideas on my Pinterest board here. Some of these may require some basic art and craft supplies, if you don't have them at home I've added some links to purchase online below, or you can shop craft supplies in my Amazon store.




Frozen fans will love this DIY toilet paper roll Olaf. He's so easy to make using the free printable from Simple Everyday Mom, some white cardstock and black mini pom poms.



Bring your favourite Star Wars characters to life as toilet paper roll dolls. Download the free Star Wars toilet paper roll dolls printable from Rock Your Homeschool. The template includes 18 different Star Wars characters.



For more movie based craft try these Despicable Me toilet paper roll minions. Download the free printable template from That Kids Craft Site.



If you have a stash of yoghurt/baby food pouch lids at home then give these toilet paper roll cars a go. Full instructions can be found at The Inspiration Edit.



If you have a well equipt craft stash then these toilet paper roll unicorns are the perfect afternoon craft with the kids. You'll need some rainbow wool, coloured paper and gold glitter foam. Follow the step by step instructions at Meraki Mother.


If you want to make unicorns from toilet paper rolls but don't have all the craft items you need, try this template from Messy Little Monster. All you'll need is some paint, coloured pencils and the free template.


Make the three little pigs out of toilet paper rolls. Follow the instructions at The Inspiration Edit using pink paper, googly eyes and glue.


These toilet paper roll spring butterflies are so cute and a great craft activity for younger kids. You'll need some coffee filters and coloured pencils. Follow the steps over at Look We're Learning.



If you have a craft cupboard overflowing with yarn, let the kids loose with some glue and googly eyes and make some toilet paper roll monsters like Danya Banya. How many different designs can the kids make?

Make some pretty toilet paper roll flowers like Pink Stripey Socks. You'll need some paint, washi tape and skewers or coffee stirrers. These would be a great homemade Mother's Day gift too.



Make these super cute toilet paper roll butterflies from The Best Ideas for Kids. You'll need googly eyes, coloured paper, paint, pipecleaners, mini pom poms and buttons.


I've never seen anything like these toilet paper roll clothespin puppets. You can make them using the free template and instructions from Moms & Crafters, however you can also mix and match the face pieces to make unique quirky puppets.



If you want to go all out crafting, try these toilet paper giraffe marionettes from Red Ted Art. This is the perfect bookish play craft to go with the book Giraffe's Can't Dance. They'd be a great craft for older kids too.



Make this cute feed the shark game with toilet paper rolls and the free game printable from Hunny I'm Home. This game is a great way to reinforce colours and counting in a fun way by feeding the sharks.


If your kids love bugs they'll love making these toilet paper roll minibeasts. You will need some specific items to make these like acetate sheets {overhead projector sheets}, glitter glue and pipecleaners, however Red Ted Art has also included alternatives in her instructions for those that don't have these materials available.


The kids can have fun making some diy toilet paper nature cuff bracelets. Go on a nature walk and collect some bright flowers and leaves to decorate the cuffs. Assemble them following the steps from Danya Banya using toilet paper rolls and sticky tape.



6 RECYCLED DECORATION IDEAS MADE FROM CARDBOARD ROLLS


Toilet paper rolls also make great recycled ornaments and holiday decorations. Free decorations + a crafty activity for the kids! There's toilet paper roll decorations for Easter, Halloween and Christmas.


These toilet paper roll spooky halloween trees will look great around the house at at Halloween. While they look pretty detailed, they're actually really simple to make. Just follow the instructions at Taming Little Monsters.


Toilet paper roll mummy decorations for Halloween
While we're on the topic of Halloween, why not have a go at making these toilet paper roll mummies I made with the girls. They're so simple to put together, you'll just need toilet paper rolls, a black marker, googly eyes and white masking tape. See my full halloween mummies post here.


Toilet paper roll snowflake ornaments.

These toilet paper roll snowflakes are quite possibly the easiest recycled ornaments you'll ever make. I made similar ones to decorate our school classroom last year and literally all you need is a toilet paper roll and glue {and paint if you want to pretty them up even more}. I used hot glue to make mine, but if you follow the Red Ted Art tutorial it's even easier.


Bunny butt craft using toilet paper rolls and plastic easter eggs

How stinking cute are these flowerpot Easter egg holders! The little bunny butts, omg I die. To make these you'll need some plastic eggs, pom poms, paint and toilet paper rolls. Follow the full tutorial at Taming Little Monsters.


Chicken craft using toilet paper rolls and paper

If you want a fun way to hide mini Easter eggs for an egg hunt, or a cute Easter gift basket idea, make these toilet paper chicken gift boxes. You'll need a stapler, some coloured paper, eye stickers and of course mini chocolate Easter eggs! Follow the step by step instructions at Red Ted Art.


Toilet paper roll bird house ornaments hanging on a branch

Make these cute toilet paper roll birdhouse ornaments by following the tutorial from Rhythms of Play. Use them to decorate an Easter tree, a Christmas tree, or even for small world play.



EASY BIRD FEEDERS TO MAKE USING TOILET PAPER ROLLS


If the kids are going a little stir crazing being couped up inside, these bird feeders will get them outside enjoying the fresh air. Make some toilet paper roll bird feeders with a few items from around the house and put them in the backyard to attract local birds. The kids will have great fun making them then have just as much fun bird watching.


Toilet paper roll bird feeder sitting on a tree branch

To make this super simple toilet paper bird feeder from Fireflies and Mudpies all you'll need is some vegetable shortening {like Crisco or Copha} and bird seed. I remember growing up we always had Copha, so if you have some hiding away in a back corner of the fridge whip it out and make a bird feeder. 

2 level hanging toilet paper roll birdfeeder

If you have lots of birds in the neighbourhood, take things to the next level and make a double decker bird feeder with a toilet paper roll and paper roll cardboard tube. Mommy's Bundle made this one using peanut butter, bird seed and twine.


45 craft and toy ideas to make with toilet paper rolls





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