Last summer, my oldest was given a pair of binoculars from grandma. He loved so much that he practically wore them everywhere we went: to the grocery store, the park, running errands in the car, bike rides, etc. My middle son was only 20 months, but knew that they were special. One day he broke out in tears because he didn’t have any of his own to take with us on our walk. I didn’t even know that he wanted any. So I rushed to the craft closet for supplies and told him we could make some for him and then we could go exploring. My supplies were:
- 2 Toilet Paper Rolls, empty
- Scrapbook Paper
- Mod Podge (Buy on Amazon – Mod Podge)
- Sponge Brush (Buy on Amazon – Sponge Brushes 9pk)
- Packing Tape
My little guy picked out what scrapbook paper and ribbon he wanted his binoculars to be made out of. We applied the scrapbook paper to the empty rolls just as we did in my Marble Run tutorial. Once the rolls were dry. I taped them together very well using packing tape. This way the scrapbook paper could still be seen. We punched a hole into each roll and tied a piece of ribbon to allow him to wear them around his neck. Then we headed out the door to go
for our walk exploring.
I told the boys to look out their binoculars and tell me what they saw that needed exploring. We began by seeing some ants, a butterfly, some dragon flies, a few birds, etc. all right outside our back door. Then something clicked inside and they realized that we could go exploring the entire neighborhood around us. We had a wonderful time seeing everything living within walking distance of our house. They would stop, look through their binoculars and take off running to something they had spotted through their little view finder. It was wonderful to see how eager they were to show everyone what they had seen.
It has been more than a year now and my little guy still loves and uses his custom made binoculars. So grab a couple of empty toilet paper rolls and help your toddler or preschooler make a pair of exploration binoculars and get out to see what they can explore. Enjoy the beauties around you and help your little ones to discover and explore the world around them.