For most of the year, there has been a plethora of recycled crafts and activities posted on blogs and social media, and toilet paper rolls have been a “hot” material for craft and sensory projects. Debuting in this post are spunky toilet paper roll monsters. They are so simple to make and can be used with toys or in sensory bins for imaginative play.
toilet paper rolls
black permanent felt pen
liquid water colors or food coloring
napkin or paper towel
googly eyes in various sizes
hot glue gun
Making The Toilet Paper Roll Monsters
Invite your early learner to add a mouth and teeth to toilet paper rolls with a black permanent felt pen.
Set out watercolor paints along with a paintbrush and napkin.
Encourage your little one to paint the cardboard rolls, dabbing the paintbrush on the napkin in between hues to remove excess water. The inside of the paper roll tops could be painted as well.
If a paper roll starts to come apart because of wetness, attach large paper clips to the loose parts. After the paint dries, use a glue gun to reassemble the tube.
When the toilet paper rolls are dry, ask your little learner to add googly eyes. Adhesive wiggle eyes are the easiest to attach. A glue stick or glue gun can be used to add non-adhesive eyes.
Eyes can be drawn on the monsters with the permanent felt pen if craft eyes aren’t available to use.
Offer your early learner scissors to snip and style the top part of the paper rolls into “monster hair.”
Toilet Paper Roll Monster Imaginative Play
These peppy monsters can be set out with a construction toy such as stacking blocks for your little learner to use in imaginative play.
The monsters are the highlight of this red split lentil-based sensory bin your early learner will love sifting through. Included are loose parts and stacking blocks that double up as scoops.
Which of these toilet paper roll monsters is your favorite? Share in the comments section below.
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© Annette Kaminsky