These cardboard roll bracelets were a just a quick little craft that we did yesterday before the Hooligans went home.
I was playing around with some cardboard tubes, thinking about craft possibilities, and I wondered: if we painted them red and white, chopped them up, and cut slits into them, could we make a holiday chain? To try it out, I chopped up a roll, and cut a slit into a piece of the roll, and slipped it onto another piece. Bad news: they fall apart too easily, so scrap that idea. Good news: I turned that piece with the slit in it over in my hands a few times, thinking… thiinking… Ahhhh! This would make a great cuff bracelet!
For those of you who would rather not craft with toilet rolls, paper towel tubes and wrapping paper tubes are excellent substitutes.
Supplies for cardboard cuff bracelets:
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- cardboard rolls (kitchen rolls, toilet rolls or wrapping paper rolls)
- school glue
- craft gems and jewels
How to make a cardboard roll bracelet:
I called the Hooligans over, and I gave them some scissors. had them grab some scissors. I gave each of them a half of a cardboard tube, and instructed them to cut through one side of it. They love cutting, so they were more than happy to oblige. One hooligans sliced right through in the toilet roll in one stroke, while another child took 8 little snips to get through his. So determined he was.
A quick coat of paint was given to the toilet rolls, and I quickly dried them with the hairdryer so we’d be able to finish our bracelets before home time.
Once dry, the children decorated them with glue and craft gems and sequins.
Aren’t they snazzy? And how easy was that?
Even the simplest of crafts give children an opportunity to express their creativity and explore new materials and textures.
Offering your child a pair of scissors to make that one snip, and sorting through a container of craft jewels helps to develop fine motor. Selecting a paint colour, and figuring out which gem to place where are all ways in which a child develops his decision making skills, and gains confidence in his abilities to make choices for himself.
Never under-estimate the benefits that even a quick and easy, last-minute craft can provide!
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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.