So as the UK and we’ll most of the world goes into shut down, we all getting used to a very different way of life. I never thought I’d ever see something like this in my life time but for now this is how it is and I’m determined to try see the positives, I get to spend more time with my daughter who has just started school so I’ve missed those extra days spent crafting together, I’ve had massive mum guilt having recently gone back to work about the lack of time I feel I have with my one year old son too and I get to see my husband more too, so any extra time is a bonus.
I am lucky to be with my family to have each other. but lets face it this is a routine that although with its good point come equally hard parts and i know that after just two short weeks isolated at home im starting to feel I’m going a little loopy! juggling life, home schooling and coping with the house looking like we’ve been burgled is challenging but I’ve found that ‘craft time’ has become a great way for me and my children to take some time out, let our imaginations take over and for those few hours forget the worries of the day and just enjoy getting crafty together.
Well look back in years to come at the craziness that has taken place and how toilet rolls have became a daily commodity which is almost impossible to get, anywhere!. But usually there are plenty of loo rolls available in our house hold, well empty ones anyway. I often think my family eats it at the rate it gets used, thats now on rationing too, but with this endless supply of cardboard tubes of course they have been crafted into all sorts of creations so we thought we’d share some tried and test projects with you, to keep little humans busy, if just for a few minutes to help keep us sane and less loo-py!
ALL craft activities should be supervised by and adult and some help will needed for tricky cutting and sticking, get involved and get the glitter out!!!
IMAGINATION – Colourful creatures that are really simple to make but provide lots of under the sea fun, the only limitations is their imaginations! if you don’t have a hole punch you can still use tape or glue to decorate to create the tentacles!!
What you need:
- x1 Toilet roll tube or more if your making a family of squids!
- paints or tissue paper or coloured paper
- black pen
- hole puncher
- string, ribbon or shredded paper
- sticky tape, double sided table or glue
Castle pencil holder
ADVENTURE – Perfect for girls or boys who seek adventure and great way to keep desks tidy. One of our favourite places to go in the holidays is Leeds Castle and not matter how many times we visit the adventure is always different, what child doesn’t dream of being a knight, king, queen or princess!
What you need:
- x6 toilet roll tubes (more or less depending on your design)
- cardboard, strong variety is better we used an old cake board
- paints, coloured tissue paper or paper
- Glue or glue gun
- cocktail stick (for the flags)
- some adult help for cutting!!
Character tube puppets
STORY TELLING – Have you ever listened in on children’s play and been fasciated by how wonderful the characters are and how crazy the storyline becomes, keep this imagination alive and create some tube puppets and ask for a theatre show afterwards.
What you need:
- Toilet rolls, as many as you need
- coloured paper, fabric, sparkly things, pom poms, wool, ribbon anything you can decorate with
- glue, double sided tape, glue gun
- Pen, colouring pencils
I used a glue gun for some of the heavier decorations to ensure they stuck, but PVA would work just as well would just take longer to dry.
*Adult help is required to use the hot glue gun as its extremely hot and not suitable for young children*