Paper Roll Binoculars

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Children can recycle cardboard paper rolls to create some make-believe binoculars for bird watching.

By Jackie C. [a teacher at The Growing Tree and Morristown High School in Morristown NJ.]

What You Need:

  • 2 paper rolls (about 4″ – 5″ long) per student
  • single hole punch
  • glue
  • yarn or string
  • Optional: Paint or paper and glue for decorating

What You Do:

  1. Give each student two paper rolls and have them glue them together on the sides. Let dry.
  2. Help students put a hole in each side of the binoculars.
  3. Tie the ribbon/yarn through the holes.
  4. Optional: decorate the binoculars with paint or glue and paper.
  5. Bring children outside to look for birds and have them look through their own creations.
  6. Talk about the birds from your area. Refer to books and see if you can spot different types of birds.