How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

Julia is a teacher-naturalist at Moose Hill who has been with Mass Audubon for over four and a half years and at Moose Hill specifically for the last year and a half. Julia is passionate about conservation and protecting the environment so future generations have the same resources that we have today and she loves sharing that passion with people of all ages. With a background in geology and environmental studies and research projects on fluvial features on mars as well as wetland restoration, she can easily teach on the many aspects at Moose Hill, hopefully sparking an interest or love of the environment in children and adults. She particularly loves seeing a child express excitement over something they learned.

Make your own homemade binoculars using recycled toilet paper rolls.  This project is best for children ages 3-6 with adult assistance.  Once you have finished your binoculars, take them outside to explore with and discover what you can see. 

Materials: 

  • 2 toilet paper tubes                
  • Blank white paper 
  • Yarn or ribbon 
  • Markers or colored pencils 
  • Stapler 
  • Hole punch 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick or tape 

Instructions: 

  • Cut the blank white paper using the scissors into 2 sheets the size of each toilet paper tube. 
  • Have your child color each sheet of paper to decorate their binoculars. 
  • Glue or tape each decorated paper around each toilet paper tube. 
  • Staple the toilet paper tubes together on each side. 
  • Hole punch 2 holes, one on the end of each toilet paper tube. You can use scissors if you don’t have a hole punch like I did. Then tie the yarn or ribbon to each hole creating a binocular holder your child can put around their neck to hold the binoculars. 

Et voila! You now have your very own pair of binoculars for your extraordinary backyard adventures. Let your imagination soar as you roam the vast perches of nature around you with your new tool and be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram and Facebook!

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