Photo by Jamie Alexander
Challenge your kids to craft using upcycled materials!
Is it just my kids that see crafting potential in nearly everything? What I see as trash, they see as something they can transform into something fun or functional with a little help from our craft closet. My son recently turned an old tissue box into a birdhouse. It didn’t last long in the weather, but it made my heart happy that he was worried about the birds this winter. My daughter has been saving toilet paper rolls, which she has been crafting into fun things, like this frog!
Encourage your kids to up-cycle some used items this spring! This can be a great way to teach about Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year.
Want to make this frog? It was super simple and easy for my 10-year-old to craft!
›› 1 toilet paper roll
›› green and red paper
›› ribbon (optional)
›› googly eyes (optional—you can always just draw your own!)
›› Cover the toilet paper roll with green paper. Secure with glue.
›› Staple one end of the roll closed. Fold over this end and secure with glue. This will hide your staples and shorten the body of the frog.
›› Glue a strip of red paper on the inside of the roll that is still open. Secure with glue. Cut out a tongue shape with the remaining red paper and roll it around a pencil or marker for the desired curl.
›› Cut out legs from the green paper and secure with glue.
›› Attach googly eyes.
›› Using a marker, make spots or details on the frog body and legs.
›› Draw a fly or bug to attach to the tongue. Use ribbon if you would like to create a flying effect..
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