Toilet Paper Roll Art
Fantastic musical craft from contributing writer Kim Young! I can’t wait to do this with my little guy .
This craft is a fun way to teach young children about sound. All you will need are toilet and/or paper towel rolls, markers, wax paper, rubber bands, and scissors.
Have your child decorate the roll however they would like. You can use crayons, markers, glue and glitter, or stickers. Whatever you have available will work great.
Cut the wax paper into 3 inch squares, place over one end of the roll, and secure with a rubber band.
Now have your child blow or hum into the roll. You will know you are doing it properly when you hear the loud vibrations from the wax paper.
We talked about how the air carried the sound from our mouths, into the tube, and then to the wax paper. The sound became vibrations again. When my son questioned the “again” part, I turned on music and sat him on the subwoofer to the surround sound system. He instantly got the vibration part of sound.
This craft was a fun way to show the scientific side of music to my son. He mostly just enjoyed his new instrument. My daughter (only 20 months) really enjoyed making music in these as well. This craft was not messy, very fast, and provided the kids with hours of enjoyment playing music. Perfect for a quick craft or a craft at someone else’s house.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.
I love using toilet paper rolls for crafts, it’s one thing that the vast majority of households have on hand at any given time. I love the 3D aspect of this craft and the fine motor work it demands for coloring the petals. It can also be used to teach patterns- or simply art done any way they choose! Toddlers can get in on the action by dipping the cut rolls into plates of paint instead of coloring the petals one by one! You may notice my son is absent, he was outside enjoying the sun and making houses for worms.
- Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 toilet paper rolls, a piece of heavier paper ( construction paper or card stock), some markers or paint, scissors and glue.
- Start by cutting your rolls into smaller pieces.
- Cut vertically into the roll and fan it out to make petals.
- Color the petals with markers, or paint. This takes patience , which makes this a great group project hand a group of kids a small number of flowers and have them each make the number they wish , so it’s not overwhelming.
- Add glue and place the flowers on your paper- ours is pink and looks great in person but is washed out in the pictures.
- Pop on the paper and let dry. We let it dry for 4-5 hours before moving it.
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