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'I See You' Binocular Fun

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder


With a pair of homemade binoculars, your child may “see” more of what’s going on around him!

The world is full of amazing things. From an ant carrying a blade of grass to a heart-shaped cloud floating by, there are so many things children often do not slow down long enough to take in and enjoy.

But what if they created a special project and then used it to explore their world? These binoculars may not magnify, but they will put your child on a mission to look and see.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Yarn
  • Hole puncher
  • Crayons, markers, stickers, etc.

What To Do:

  • With the hole puncher, make a hole at the top of each of the tubes. Try to make them even. This is where you will tie the yarn so your child can wear the binoculars around her neck.
  • Give the tubes to your child and let her decorate them with whatever she’d like – markers, crayons, stickers, etc.
  • Put a line of glue down the side of one of the tubes.
  • Press the other tube on it and line them up evenly to create the binoculars.
  • When they’re dry, cut a piece of yarn long enough to go around your child’s neck and allow the binoculars to lay on her chest (Note: always supervise children when they are placing anything around their necks, as there is always a danger of strangulation).

Now you’re ready to explore! Take you child on a walk around the neighbourhood and let her use her new binoculars to discover what’s going on around her. There’s so much to see!

  • Bird watch. How many types of birds can you find?
  • Go on safari! How many animals do you see?
  • Look for insects. Which varieties are out and about?
  • Watch the clouds. Which shapes do you see?
  • How many cars go down your street? What colour are they?
  • What colour are the houses that line your street?
  • Can you see to the tops of the trees? What’s in the trees?