Cardboard Roll Binoculars

This shapes craft for toddlers allows the kids to be creative when they decorate their binoculars. Adults will need to do some of the steps to complete this kids craft project.


  • 2 Toilet Paper Cardboard Rolls
  • Crayons, markers or paint
  • Scissors
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner
  • String or Ribbon

How to Make the Circle Binoculars Shapes Craft

Step 1: Have your kids decorate the cardboard rolls in whatever colors and designs they want. Have them name the colors as they decorate.

Tip: If you used paint, let this dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: This step is for an adult to do. Poke a hole in the side of each cardboard roll about 1″ from the top.

Step 3: Cut a pipe cleaner in half and thread this through the hole in one cardboard roll and then through the other cardboard roll. Twist pipe cleaners in order to hold the two rolls together.

Tip: Be sure to press down on the pipe cleaners so no sharp edges are sticking up.

Step 4: Now bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of the nose piece of binoculars.

Step 5: Optional: Last step is to punch holes on the outside of each cardboard roll and tie some string or ribbon through it so the kids can hang them from their neck.

Some fun options for this craft is to have your toddler decorate the binoculars with several different sizes of circles with different colors or cut out several different size circles with different colored construction paper and have them glue to the binoculars.

Have them name the colors as the decorate their binoculars. Ask them to point to the smallest circle and then to the biggest circle to reinforce sizes as well.

Turn this shapes crafts into a fun sight sensory activity and/or the Letter B sound activity. Have the children go outside (or do this inside if it’s too cold) and ask them to find things through their binoculars that start with the Letter B like bush, bird, bicycle, building, etc.

Then go ahead and have them see what else they can find by looking through their binoculars.