Butterflies and Binoculars {More Paper Roll Ideas}

17 Jun

I guess we’ve been on a “roll” lately.

Last week was telescopes, this week it’s butterfly finger puppets (and room decor) and binoculars.

Butterfly Finger Puppets


  • toilet paper roll tubes (or paper towel roll tubes cut in half)
  • construction paper or coffee filters (the cone type)
  • pipe cleaners
  • crayons (or markers, paint or stickers)
  • double-sided tape (or glue)
  • scissors

Step 1

Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around the paper roll tube and tape or glue the paper to the roll.

Step 2

Cut along the two seams of the coffee filter and spread it out on your work surface to create butterfly “wings,” or cut out construction paper wings.

Step 3

Decorate the “wings” with crayons, markers, stickers or paint.  Then, lay the butterfly’s “body” in the middle of the wings and tape or glue down.

Step 4

Add butterfly “antennae” by folding a pipe cleaner in half and curling the ends.  You can tape or glue the antennae down if necessary.

Now, put them over your fingers and flap away!

Even Hubby enjoyed playing with the butterfly puppets!

*Tip #1:  if you have a small toddler, place all her fingers into the tube and it will be easier for her to manipulate.

*Tip #2:  When your toddler tires of her puppets, you can always use them as a fun new room decoration!

We taped ours to Jane’s bedroom mirror to go along with the butterfly theme:


Step 1

Use tape to stick two paper roll tubes together.

Step 2


Tell me that wasn’t the easiest toddler activity ever!

LEARN!  Fine motor skills, coordination, imaginative play


6 Responses to “Butterflies and Binoculars {More Paper Roll Ideas}”

  1. Maria March 21, 2017 at 11:31 pm #

    These are amazing, nice craft! It’s nice to see kids learn how to appreciate simple thing in terms of toys.

  2. Carolyn July 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    I love the binoculars. They look easy for the kids to make and a fun toy to play with.

    • The Outlaw Mom July 21, 2011 at 8:14 am #

      Hi – thanks for visiting 🙂 Love all the great kids activity ideas on your blog !
      Yep, this is SO easy to make and the decoration possibilities are endless. My daughter was so excited just at the thought of having binoculars that she wouldn’t sit down to decorate them and used them plain for days – apparently, it’s just THAT fun!

  3. jennie June 22, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you so much for linking up at Toddler Tuesdays. I love how simple it was. I feel sometimes we over look how children are fasinated by the simplist things, they don’t need much to fuel their imaginations 🙂

    • The Outlaw Mom June 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      I know what you mean. We didn’t even get to the decorating part of the binoculars until the next day because Jane was so excited by the two paper rolls taped together that the project sort of ended on its own right then and there! The decorating was just the icing on the cake. Love your blog and will be stopping by for Toddler Tuesdays as often as we come up with new ideas 🙂


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