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Making binoculars

What you need

  • Two cardboard tubes such as toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
  • Sticky tape
  • String or yarn
  • Crayons/pencils/markers to decorate


A fun, creative activity for your child to make, that will encourage lots of exploring and going on adventures.

The experience

To make your binoculars, start by decorating your two cardboard tubes. Next, stick together with sticky tape or glue and poke some holes at the end of both tubes to thread your string/yarn through. This will enable your child to wear their binoculars around their neck, ready for an adventure! 

Take your binoculars outside on a walk or into the garden. Your child will enjoy looking through and talking about what they can see. Ask them what they can spot, or you could challenge them to find particular things, e.g. can you find a bird? Can you find a tree? This is great for developing language and vocabulary and will keep your child well entertained during a walk around the park or local area. Increase the challenge by asking them to find a certain colour too. E.g. Can you spot a blue front door? Or can you see a black car? On a rainy day, you could even do this looking out of a window.