Gresham and I made this “changing faces” man yesterday! We got the idea from this post at A Little Learning for Two. Check out her post – her dolls are much cuter!
To make one, you need:
- Two sizes of cardboard tubes – one needs to be able to fit inside the other
- Markers, paint, or colored pencils – we used colored pencils (least mess!)
- Strong glue – we used Tacky Glue
- A sheet of cardboard – we used the side of a cereal box
We used a paper towel roll for our tubes. In order to make one fit inside the other, I cut it apart, rolled it a little tighter, and taped it shut again.
The inside tube needs a cardboard base. We cut a circle from our cereal box and glued it to the bottom of the tube with Tacky Glue.
To decorate the outside tube, I covered it with paper and cut a hole for the face. Gresham wanted a paleontologist (to go with all his dino toys), so I drew a figure for him, and he colored it in.
To decorate the inside tube, I cut out paper faces and gave each of them different expressions – happy, surprised, silly, and mad. I taped them on and quickly realized that they needed to be down really flat in order to spin the tube and change the faces. So I covered all four faces with a large piece of packing tape. This created a smooth surface, and our man turns very easily!
To change the face on your man, simply turn the base!
This project requires a lot of help on the parents’ part, but the end result is a lot of fun! Gresham had a great time playing with his man! It’s fun to make homemade toys!
Stranded May 13, 2011
This is priceless, I am gonna try this. My son is obsessed with facial expressions!
corrina May 24, 2011
My Oatmeal Kisses May 24, 2011
I love this idea! Who knew you could do so many things with a TP roll!
Marilyn Casey Jul 27, 2022
I've been saving the toilet paper rolls not knowing what I could do with them. Thanks for this great idea.
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