Buddy finally asked on a day that we were on the last paper towel and I had an "ah-ha!" moment. I saved the paper towel roll and we made a telescope. He loves it and has been looking at everything through it. We've also played a lot of "I Spy" games which has been an easy way to play with him while I am doing the dishes or laundry.
What You Need:
One paper towel roll
One piece of construction paper
colored pencils or crayons
stickers or other decorations
Two rubber bands
Clear plastic wrap
I let Buddy decorate the piece of construction paper. He colored very enthusiastically on blue paper and was so into coloring he moved onto an orange one.
I asked which color he wanted for the telescope and he chose orange. Buddy proceeded to put stickers all over the paper.
For a moment, Buddy had a musical instrument. I love watching his imagination grow.
I helped Buddy wrap the paper around the roll and tape it together.
This is a picture of the materials used next because I had to help Buddy with this step. He helped tear a strip of plastic wrap off the roll and we used a rubber band to hold the wrap to each end.
"I spy a toy!"
This is a simple and easy craft to do with your child on a rainy day! I think I'll start saving a few of my paper towel rolls for other future spontaneous ideas.