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Toilet paper tube animals
How many different animals can you make out of toilet paper tubes?
- Toilet paper tubes (as many as you can save)
- Other materials (cotton balls, pipe cleaners, wiggle eyes, etc.)
You can use a toilet paper tube to make almost any animal you want! Decorate the tube with the appropriate pattern or color, then add body parts—legs, tentacles, eyes, antennae.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Ant: 6 legs, 2 eyes, 2 antennae
- Butterfly: 2 eyes, 2 wings, 2 antennae
- Monkey: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 arms, 2 legs, 1 tail
- Squid: 2 eyes, 8 tentacles, 2 feeding tentacles (long), 2 fins
- Zebra: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 4 legs, 1 mane, 1 tail
For more information about animals, check out Popular Topics: Animals.
- Paper, in a variety of colors, cut into strips
- 1 whole piece of paper
- Glue stick
Cut colored paper into different strips—straight, curved, wavy, zigzag. Using those strips, make different shapes. Can you make a circle? Rectangle? Hexagon?
Can you make more complicated things—like a bicycle or a house? How about animals? A dog? A cat? A fish?
Challenge yourself to create a scene. Try making what you see out of your window or create anything you can imagine—a scene from your favorite book, an underwater scene or a family portrait.
Once you have a scene you like, glue the lines to the paper to create a lasting piece of art. Share it with family and friends!
Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 small box baking soda
- Food coloring or Kool-aid packets
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Muffin tin
- Paintbrushes or sponges
Mix baking soda and cornstarch together and distribute to each well of the muffin tin. Add color to each well of the muffin tin—food coloring or Kool-aid (Kool-aid will make a scented paint). Add enough water to make the mixture soupy. The more water you add, the longer your paint will take to dry. Mix well!
Then it’s time to paint! Once you’re done painting, fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Then spray your paintings to see them fizz.
When you’re finished, clean up is easy. Just pour water over your paintings to erase them—or leave them out for all to see!
Tin Can Wind Chimes
- 4 or 5 empty cans of various sizes
- Heavyweight string
- Paint or paper to decorate cans
- Wooden ring (optional)
Remove the label and one lid from four or five cans of various sizes. Try to choose cans that nest together (see photo). Once the cans are clean and dry, decorate the outside with paint, tissue paper or other material. With an adult’s help, poke a hole in the bottom of each can with the hammer and nail. Starting with the largest can, stack the cans on top of each other. Measure the string to equal the height of the cans, plus 3 feet. (Optional: Knot a wooden ring at one end of the string.) Tie a knot at the bottom of the string and thread the other end up through the hole in the smallest can. Decide where you want the can to hang, slide it up the string, tie a big knot and slide the can down so it rests on the knot. Add the rest of the cans in the same way. Be sure your cans overlap slightly so they will chime. When all the cans are tied on, form a loop for hanging above the largest can.