If you’re looking for easy activities for toddlers or some easy crafts with toilet paper rolls that you can do with a little one, then check this one out! Also, look out for the free printables inside this post!
Lukas was having a play date. So it was me and the girls that afternoon and I was looking for a couple of easy activities for toddlers. The task was to keep my little Elena happy and give her older sister the time to draw a butterfly.
I thought to let Elena color the black and white version of the fairies we did for Victoria’s birthday countdown. But before we could start, Elena found a toilet paper roll and that’s when I thought to give it a try and let her do (more or less on her own) some crafts with toilet paper rolls.
As far as crafts for kids go, this is one of the easiest activities for toddlers that one can do.
This is what we used for this easy craft for toddlers:
- A printer, to print the free template that you can download below
- Glue. I used this one and with Elena I try to avoid the liquid ones as they are messier with toddlers 😉
- Coloring pencils. Anything goes as long as it’s washable 😉
- Paper tape. This one is optional. I used it to stick the fairy to the wall.
- Toilet paper rolls
First, we printed the fairy wings and body. Then I just put them in front of Elena, together with the coloring pens and I stepped out of the scene. I wanted to give her the freedom to do what she want, and I would only help if she’d want me to.
Since we’ve been talking about free printables, you can download our free printable fairy if you press on the button below:
Once she colored the wings, she also wanted to cut them. And so she did in the best way she could: She cut the A4 paper ( this took a while) and when she was done , she gave it to me and asked me to continue.
So I did my best to cut out the wings, but if you look closer you might notice the signs the passion she put in this project.
Can you see the whole where the coloring pen just went though the paper? What about the places where she did some extra cuts in the wings? … Yeah, I also don’t see them 🙂
I praised her on how nicely she cut and draw the wings, pointing out and naming the different colors she used. She was very happy. And then I asked her if she’d like to color the fairy body also.
In her toddler-ish way she showed me a big smile and put arms forward: Her way of saying: “bring it on!”
And once she decided that the painting was done I asked her if she wanted to cut some more. But she didn’t. So I did it, and she was happy to do the assembly.
Once the fairy body was glued on the toilet paper roll, it was time to glue the wings …
… and press really REALLY hard so that the fairy and the wings stay glued together (forever) 🙂
So the only thing left (before putting it on the wall) was to admire the result of her hard work.
Of course we could not put this fairy from toiler paper roll on the wall without playing with it a bit and makig sure that it can fly.
And in our last step we used the paper tape to put her fairy on the wall, at Elena’s height where she could admire and play with it whenever she wanted.
What do you think was the first thing she did when Lukas and daddy came home?
She of course took them by the hand and proudly showed them her creation. Not only did she have fun making it, she’s also very proud of her work and on top she has a new toy to play with!
So that’s why this crafts with toilet paper rolls is one of our favorite activities for toddlers! What is yours?
By the way, I gathered some other easy activities for toddlers here, so if I need some inspiration I know where to go 😉
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