A preschoolers binoculars craft that’s handy for pretend play, scavenger hunts or “I Spy”. All you need are a couple of Pringles cans and a length of yarn.
We had so much fun making these pretend binoculars, and then heading out into the neighbourhood to see what we could see with them.
Normally we would make toy binoculars out of toilet paper rolls, but we made this set using a couple of Pringles cans, and I have to day, they are so much better than toilet roll binoculars.
They’re really sturdy, unlike tp roll binoculars, so little hands can really grip them without crushing them. I think it’s safe to say they’ll hold up for quite a long time.
The other neat thing about this binoculars craft is that our binoculars have “lenses”! Instead of the open ends that you would get with a tp binocular craft, we have the clear, plastic lids on the ends of our tubes which makes our binoculars feel a little more “real” if you know what I mean.
These binoculars are fun for make-believe play in the toy room or for going on a nature hunt outdoors. That’s what we did with ours.
Let me show you how we made them.
To make our Pringles Can binoculars craft, you’ll need:
- 2 Pringles cans with lids
- serrated knife
- skewer (or something similar to punch the holes)
- Cut your Pringles cans:
You’ll need to cut the bottom off of your Pringles cans so that each can has two open ends. I used a serrated bread knife and a sawing action to cut through the cans.
Remove the lids if you haven’t already, and set those aside for now.
Paint your Pringles cans:
We used acrylic craft paints to paint our Pringles cans but you could use poster paints (or Tempra paints) if that’s what you have on hand.
If you want to know the truth, when we actually painted our cans several weeks ago. We were going to make bird houses out of them, but we never got around to it.
Today when the 4 year old asked if we could make binoculars, I thought the painted Pringles cans would be perfect!
And they were!
Staple the cans together:
Pop the lids on the top ends of your cans, and staple the cans together.
Your child might need help with this step as the cardboard cans are fairly thick, and it requires some muscle to get the stapler to punch through them.
We put a couple of staples just inside the cans’ openings, and then we pushed the stapler down as far as it would go, and we put a couple more staples there.
You could probably tape your binoculars together, but using a stapler seemed like an easier option.
Attach your neck strap:
We used a soft piece of yarn for our neck strap. A long shoe lace or a skate lace or even a length of ribbon would work as well.
I used a metal skewer to punch a hole in the outside of each can, and then we threaded our yarn through, and knotted it in place.
Now you’re ready to put your binoculars into action!
Hee hee! Aren’t they great?
And this is what i;s like to look through them.
She couldn’t wait to get outside to test them out!
We walked around the yard, and had a stroll through the neighbourhood, and we stopped to examine lots of things with the binoculars on our way: the fish in our pond,
the flowers in the garden…
..and Nelson, our part-time cat, just to name a few.
It should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), if you’re adding the neck strap, please supervise your child when he or she is playing with the binoculars. You can always leave the neck strap off if it worries you.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.