I have been saving paper towel rolls for a long time. I decided today it was time; the mountain of empty rolls needed to be tossed or used. There is so much you can make with empty rolls and my boys love playing with them. I decided to keep them and start putting them to good use.
Today I decided we would make paper towel roll snakes. It's a cute little craft, one I thought Enzo would enjoy. As we began working, the craft ended up going in a totally different direction resulting in a window charm or wind chime. I really love the finished product and the process incorporated so many fine motor skills.
paper towel roll
beads and/or pasta
(next time we'll also add some glitter and stickers to dress it up)
|Step 1: Cutting the tube into sections and painting the tube segments|
|Step 2: Punching holes in each side of the tube and on both ends. There should be 4 holes total on each segment.|
|Step 3: Thread pipe cleaners through the holes and begin fastening the tubes together.|
|Step 4: We threaded beads and pasta on pipe cleaners, which Enzo wanted to wear as a bracelet. When he was tired of wearing the bracelet (he's fickle), I fastened it to the end of the chime for decoration.|
|Massimo played in finger paints!|