If you are like us you toss a lot of empty toilet paper rolls into the recycling every month. But did you know there are a lot of great ways to reuse them? Including fun crafts with your kids? Here are some easy and fun crafts to get your creative juices running this Earth Day.
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Earth Day Projects with Toilet Paper Rolls
I am not always the most crafty person. I see the toilet paper rolls going into the recycling but I don’t always think of ways to reuse them, and sometimes I admit it is easier to just toss them. But kids see them in a completely different way.
It has been a while since we have created crafts with toilet paper rolls but my kids have two favorite things to do with them: castles and binoculars.
Castles are easy. You have empty toilet paper rolls and you stack them. We lived in a house with a very large bathroom counter for a while. We used to make castles with them, all the time. I would make a different one a couple of times a day.
You can take that idea, maybe cover them with colorful paper to add that pop of color for making your own castles and structures with them. These could be the cheapest blocks you have ever had for your kids.
Kids love to look through tubes of any kind. Why not make some binoculars with toilet paper rolls? All you need is a stapler to keep them together and you are finished. Cover them with paper, stickers, and whatever else you might have in your craft station.
Then take your kids and their new binoculars on a Bear Hunt or a scavenger hunt.
How Sanitary are Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafting?
Yes, there are germs in the bathroom. Just like every other part of your house. But the bathroom does have the poop factor. Personally, I don’t worry too much about it as we are healthy, keep a clean house, and aren’t chewing on the toilet paper roll crafts.
How to Sanitize Toilet Paper Rolls
Set your rolls out in the sun. Sitting out in the sun should help kill off any bacteria that might be lingering.
Spray down tubes with Lysol or wipe them down with a Clorox wipe.