One afternoon this fall, we decided to make some homemade binoculars. Using recycled toilet paper rolls, we made these adorable binoculars in less than 5 minutes.
Once we were finished, Cicily instantly began to pretend to “look for birdies.” Together, we came up with a brilliant game idea.
First, I would hide a little toy bird for her to find. After counting to ten, she’d go and search for the bird using her binoculars. It’s like a cross between “I Spy” and “Hide and Seek.”
I’ve had to come up with new ways to entertain our toddler as we’ve moved most of our playtime indoors. We spend a lot of time running around the house playing hide and seek, run from the monster (sometimes she’s the monster, sometimes I’m the monster) and dragons versus knights. Since we live in a bed and breakfast, we sometimes need to play pretend activities quietly. This game keeps her quietly entertained for a while and I can even get a few things done like laundry, dishes or cooking dinner while we play.
Here’s how to make your own DIY Paper Roll Binoculars to play pretend bird watching:
What you need:
- Two toilet paper rolls
- String or yarn
- Decorations or crayons/markers
- Hole punch
- Hot glue gun
- Small toy bird
Step 1 –
Remove all toilet paper from the recycled toilet paper rolls.
Step 2 –
Glue the two toilet paper rolls together at the sides.
Step 3 –
Use a hole puncher to create two small holes at one end of the binoculars.
Step 4 –
Get creative and decorate the binoculars however you’d like!
Step 5 –
Tie one long piece of string in each hole to create the binoculars’ strap. This string should be long enough to slide on and off your child’s head and rest on their shoulders.
To play the “bird watching game,” simply have your child count to ten while you hide the little bird somewhere around the home. Once hidden, let them walk around the house and go bird watching to find the hidden toy.
Do you have any other homemade games you’d like to share? We’re always looking for fun homemade games to play indoors and outdoors, so please share in the comments below!