Toilet paper tubes are simple starts to some cute crafts.
This week I decided to see what we could do with the tubes when they were cut into smaller pieces. I cut a few into 1/4 inch rings, flattening them into oval shapes as I did so.
To me they looked a little like a fish body… I cut one of the rings in half and sat it next to an oval – Voila` – a tail.
The little ovals also looked a little like flower petals… And so some craft ideas started to form.
I grabbed the glue, some pipe cleaners, construction paper, and a handful of cut-out circles that had come from some paint samples. Then I called the kids in for craft time.
I showed them both how to arrange the rings to make flowers and fish. Then I poured some glue onto a plastic lid for them to dip the tube strips in, and they got to work.
That’s when my daughter challenged me. The flowers were looking nice, but she thought they needed some color.
Some tissue paper scraps caught my eye, and pretty soon we were crumpling pink tissue paper up and gluing the pieces into the flower’s petals.
Circles cut from paint samples and a couple green pipe cleaners for stems, made her flowers complete. Then she added a couple lady bug stickers I found.
Little guy opted to color his fish with blue tissue paper scraps. After making a few fish, and drawing some water around them, he was finished. I suggested using a pipe cleaner like a fishing hook, but he decided maybe a lady bug should visit them instead. (Fish food??)
Once again, I love how they challenged me to make the craft better, and how cute their ideas turned out.
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