Get crafty with paper towel/toilet paper rolls and make some adorable animals! Just add scissors, paint, googly eyes, and hot glue. This is the perfect boredom buster for a rainy day! (Or a hot one – where we live, summer is not an outside season!)
Three of the boys and I worked on this project together. I had to do all the cutting and assembling for the younger boys, but they had a great time painting! Jonathan (age 3) is not a super fine motor kind of guy, so I’m glad that he enjoys painting, and I think it’s really good for him.
We have been saving paper towel rolls for a long time, so we put them to good use with this project.
Here are the animals we made!
I cut these pieces out of cardboard. The mane is a piece of cereal box cardboard. I also cut the faces for the lion cub and the mother lion out of a cereal box.
Here’s another view of their legs (but really you can cut them however you want!)
After painting the elephant’s ears, I folded them to create a tab for the glue.
This one is my favorite!
The tail is a brown pipe cleaner.
These are the pieces I cut for the alligator. You’ll definitely need a paper towel roll for this one.
Gresham painted the body and legs green while I painted the teeth white.
I ended up cutting the legs down a little shorter when I assembled the alligator. It was really easy to glue in the teeth, and they made the alligator look so much better!
I also glued spikes on the back.
Then it was time to play!
Feeding the monkey some grass.
It would be fun to create a bunch of animals and then use them as props for a story. Or make a simple puppet stage for them.
This post is the second installment in our Craft Closet Boredom Busters series! Be sure to stop by the rest of today’s posts!
Pretend Cardboard “Tablet” from Lalymom (This is truly a brilliant idea!)
Giant Color Wheel Collage from The Educator’s Spin on It
Craft Stick Pet Puppets from Toddler Approved
Simple Sewing Project for Kids from JDaniel4’s Mom
Balancing on Boxes for Toddlers from I Can Teach My Child