Toilet roll has officially become the sign of 2020. Since it was the first thing that disappeared from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media is now booming with toilet roll challenges, memes, fitness videos, and crafts for kids. Those last ones can be very good entertainment for children, on a rainy day.
I’d like to show you, what you can do with toilet roll middles, after the paper has been used. It’s very likely, that you played this way as a child. Well, I definitely did… I have to admit that, that when I was a child I didn’t have as many cool, ready made decorations, but I do remember that it was a lot of fun. I also must say, that arts and crafts are my favorite way of playing with my children, so I always have some color paper, glue, paints, and googly eyes in my draw.
WHAT DO YOU NEED
- paper rolls – middles of toilet roll, or craft rolls;
- color paper, or paints;
- googly eyes;
- colorful decorations – ready made from the shop, or you can use whatever you can find at your home. For example, I used some of my old wool;
- hot glue – it’s not essential, but can be useful
WHERE TO START
First decorate your paper rolls. It’s up to you if you want to glue them with colored paper, or paint them. If you paint them, leave them to dry before the next step. Older children can do it by themselves, my little girl is 3 years old, so I chose to do it before we started.
I cut out a piece of paper, big enough to cover the paper roll, and used it as a template, for cutting out more pieces out of colored paper.
When the first step is done you can get creative!
Find some work space, because it is going to get messy… I rolled out some brown packing paper on the floor, and put on all the arts and crafts I had for my kids to use.
Now let your children use their imagination, and have some fun yourself. Decorate your monsters however you want – loads of eyes, funny faces, wings, crazy hair. It’s crafts for kids, but also parents. Remember – playing together creates the special bond, and wonderful memories between parents and children.
You don’t have to stop on the monsters. You can create paper roll animals, or figures from children stories. Why not create three little pigs, and the big bad wolf, and recreate the story?
Don’t forget to show off a picture of your creations! I can’t wait to see it!
For more ideas on what you can do at home with your children, or for yourself see my latest posts:
Inspiration for paper roll monsters was taken from: