Easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers & preschoolers
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Toilet paper rolls: We all have them. We’re constantly getting more of them.
You might as well put them to good use, right?
Here are 12 fun and easy crafts using toilet paper rolls that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, either at home or in the classroom.
Some of them are as easy as printing, cutting out, and gluing on templates. Others involve things like coloring, painting, or gluing on googly eyes or pipe cleaners.
By the way, some people are grossed out by using toilet paper rolls for crafts, and in fact some preschools don’t even allow it, for sanitary reasons.
If for whatever reason you don’t want to use a bona fide TP roll, then you can buy a pack of craft tubes for making any of the these projects.
This little black cat is super-easy to make. Just print the templates out using colored cardstock, then cut out the pieces and glue them on.
We made a black cat, but of course you can make your kitty look however you want.
Attract some feather friends (and maybe some squirrels?) to your yard with this DIY bird feeder.
We made ours with peanut butter, but non-nut butter alternatives are also available in the instructions.
Here's an easy hanging Halloween decoration for your home, classroom, front porch, or even the trees in your front yard on Halloween night.
We painted our rolls white, but you could also wrap them in white cardstock if you prefer.
Learning or reading about panda bears with your kids? Why not make a simple panda bear as well?
Like the cat above, all you need to do is print out the free templates on colored cardstock, cut them out, and glue them on.
This cute turkey with colorful feathers and googly eyes makes a nice centerpiece or side table decoration.
Here's a fun and easy summer beach craft for preschoolers.
The legs are made of red pipe cleaners and toothpicks are used to make the crab's eyes stick up out of their head. I love it!
This is the only craft in this post that is horizontal, not vertical -- and it's also the only one made from a paper towel roll, as opposed to a toilet paper roll. Pinking shears are used to make the alligator's teeth.
This is a good craft for kids who enjoy painting and coloring.
Simply paint the tube black, color the free templates, and then glue them on.
This bee -- complete with googly eyes -- makes a nice springtime craft.
This is another great craft for spring or summer.
The great thing about these butterflies is that there are a ton of ways to be creative with the wings, using different color combinations and even patterned paper.
Got 4 toilet paper rolls?
If so, you can make three pigs and a wolf and have toddlers create their own characters and re-tell this familiar tale.