Toddler Craft – Cardboard Tube Owls

Toddler Craft – Cardboard Tube Owls

I have always enjoyed messing around with crafts and have been saving the cardboard tube from loo rolls for a while now with the idea to make some cardboard tube owls. We had a few hours to kill a week or so ago whilst Emma was napping so I grabbed the supplies and Daniel and I set to work. Β  I dug out the crepe paper and cut it into rough squares. I then put some PVA glue into a dish and handed Daniel a paintbrush to smear the glue over the loo roll inner. He quite enjoyed this I think. We then set about sticking the paper onto the loo roll. We used lots of different colours and it was a good activity for Daniel to demonstrate his colour knowledge. cardboard roll owls Once we had decorated our loo rolls I drew some wing shapes onto card board and cut them out. We then set to sticking some feathers onto them. Daniel was getting a little restless at this stage but we tickled our noses and ears with the feathers and talked about how Owl needed some wings and as has had taken his art overalls off at this stage we had a snack and a drink then got back into things again. Β  To fix the wings I cut two slits into the loo roll and slotted the wings in. We then did Daniel’s favourite bit – adding the eyes! He really enjoyed loved sticking the eyes on and was very proud of his finished owl, which has pride of place on the art shelf in our hallway.cardboard roll eyes This was a really lovely thing to do with Daniel. We aren’t going to win any awards any time soon, but Owls a really recognisable to Daniel as Owl is in the Gruffalo story and many other books that we read so he could understand what we were aiming to create. We could also talk about the eyes, beak, wings etc. Β  We will be doing this one again in the future I think. Have you made any Owl crafts with your little ones?

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  1. 27th October 2014 / 21:35

    How very cute. Daniel looks like he in concentrating so hard on the task

  2. 28th October 2014 / 01:37

    This is fab! Nice and simple but looks really good!! I love his little concentration face, so cute! X

  3. 28th October 2014 / 06:41

    Such an imaginative craft – you’re right about owls too, they are everywhere in books. I may give this a try when I have some loo rolls!x

  4. 28th October 2014 / 06:48

    These are so cute, great idea to associate to a known character. He looks as though he really enjoyed his craft session.

    Thanks so much for linking this week. xx


  5. 28th October 2014 / 06:57

    FuLk of admiration for crafty mums: I have no skill! #letkidsbekids

  6. 28th October 2014 / 07:36

    This is so creative, I love it… ive been collecting loo rolls but unsure of any craft activities, but this sounds like a plan to do with my girls if it rains over half term… thank you. And I think his owl looks pretty good πŸ™‚ #letkidsbekids

  7. youbabymemummy2014
    28th October 2014 / 08:10

    These look great! Very creative x #ToddlerApprovedTuesday x

  8. 28th October 2014 / 12:17

    I love the concentration on his face. He seems very proud of his work. #letkidsbekids

  9. 28th October 2014 / 12:56

    Love these. I have a box of recyclables in my playroom and always adding paper tubes to it. Think we will be giving these a go. They will be great for my younger children πŸ™‚

  10. 28th October 2014 / 15:14

    Lovely! I have tons of loo roll inners hanging around and this looks like a great way to use them πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  11. 28th October 2014 / 15:48

    This is fab! What a great owl πŸ™‚ My little girl loves adding the eyes too! #letkidsbekids

  12. 28th October 2014 / 16:16

    That looks great! I will need to make these with my boys, they would love it!

  13. 29th October 2014 / 08:29

    Looks like they had a great time making them. Toilet roll tubes are just made for crafting!

  14. 29th October 2014 / 14:39

    Looks like a lot of fun and creativity. I love the finished owl too, very bright and colourful!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  15. 29th October 2014 / 17:05

    Cute idea for a craft – and a great way to use up old toilet rolls! I think my 3 year old would really enjoy it as she loves owls πŸ™‚

  16. 31st October 2014 / 16:05

    Aw I love these as I have a slight obsession with owls. Great craft activity x

  17. 31st October 2014 / 16:35

    Gorgeous. Love a good toilet roll craft

  18. 5th November 2014 / 19:41

    Aww these are great and look so much fun to make πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking up #CreativeMondays

  19. 14th November 2014 / 06:42

    What a cute little idea! I love how you let him use his own creativity πŸ™‚

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