I always find it very heart warming listening to Possum (aged 3 years) discover new things. When we are out and about she is constantly pointing to things she finds of interesting or not seen before. The world is such a big place with so much to learn about. We have started playing our toddler version of eye-spy and for a bit of fun we made some very simple DIY eye spy binoculars using some paper rolls to go along with it.
Recommended age: 2.5 years +
(Active supervision is required on all my crafts and activities)
DIY eye spy binoculars
You will need –
- Paper toilet rolls x 2
- Elastic band
- Decorative pens
- White paper (optional)
- Glue stick (optional)
I chose to cover the paper toilet rolls with white paper but that is completely optional. I went to the effort of covering them with white paper because it gave Possum an opportunity to do some gluing with the glue stick, which she always loves to do, and it would make her decorative drawings stand out.
Possum had a great time decorating the paper rolls with coloured textas. It was a lot more difficult to decorate a rounded surface and so those fine motor muscles were put to work holding the tube and drawing at the same time.
Constructing your binoculars is so simple you can get your toddler to make them. Simply place a peg between the two decorated paper rolls and secure it with an elastic band. Simple! The peg allows a suitable distance between the paper rolls for your child’s nose.
These binoculars are great for imaginative play!
Eye Spy (the toddler version)
We are often taking long car trips and our own version of eye spy is commonly played. Instead of focusing on the beginning sounds of something to be found we point out various things to be spotted, such as a red car, person wearing a hat, brown dog etc. It is lots of fun and gets everyone involved. It is also great for developing observational skills and descriptive words.
These simple DIY eye spy binoculars make the game a lot more fun. You might also be interested in these cute toddler binoculars by ‘No Time for Flash Cards’.