Bird Finder Binoculars

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

I love a simple craft that is completely child-led. These bird binoculars were such a hit with the kids during our “BIRDS & BUGS” week at art camp. They loved being able to pick out their own color combinations, wrap yarn and cut tape (two skills that take lots of concentration and make little ones feel very proud), and glue their two parts together for an instant toy!

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

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Supplies:

~ TP rolls

~ Yarn (I buy mine at Michael’s. You can find them on Amazon, but don’t spend more than $3-$4 per color. My favorite yarns for cheap: watermelon pink, dusty blue, golden yellowturquoise, chartreuse greenflame red, teal, these really cool neon colors. Or go with this multi-pack of smaller bundles, which is really handy if you want just a little bit)

~ Colored washi tape (start on Amazon with these, but if you want to step it up then go to Etsy where you’ll find lots more choices)

~ Small kid scissors

~ Elmer’s glue

~ Masking tape

~ Hole punch (1/8″)

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

Process:

~ Start by taping down one end of the yarn. Then wrap the yarn around the TP roll and tape the other end. Some kids wanted to only wrap one piece, other kids wanted to wrap three or four. It was completely their choice.

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

~ When they are finished wrapping and taping, hand them the glue and let them squeeze one line down the middle of one of the TP rolls. We then squeezed the two rolls together, and used a long piece of masking tape to run all the way inside and around the two rolls to keep them in place.

~ Punch two holes on either side of the rolls. Tie a long piece of yarn through the holes so the binoculars go over their heads.

kids make this simple binocular craft with yarn and colored tape

They wore them proudly around their necks for the rest of the day, spotting lots of “birds” (but mostly our good-natured dog, chasing her around and around). Click over to see the bird houses the kids made, and also this cute bird garland and these spectacular bird nests!

xo, Bar