• Nicolene Steyn

Using Toilet Rolls for activities - ages 5 months to 9 years!

Now that you have saved up some toilet rolls, here's a GREAT way to use them for ALL ages!


These activities are aimed at developing your baby, toddler and child’s hand-eye coordination.


You'll need:

  • Cardboard rolls (toilet rolls)

  • Small items that fit through the rolls (like pom-poms or even Lego blocks for older kids)

  • Adhesive tape


REMEMBER THAT ANYTHING THAT FITS THROUGH A TOILET ROLL CAN BE A CHOKING HAZARD, SO DON'T LEAVE YOUR BABIES/KIDS ALONE WITH THIS ACTIVITY!


To Play

5-9 months:

TAKE NOTE: The cardboard tube in the photo is specifically manufactured to be bigger than a normal toilet roll, so that the Ping-pong ball can easily fit through!

Sitting in front of your baby, hold the cardboard tube in your hand. Show her how you drop the voorwerp through the tube and how it reappears at the bottom.

Demonstrate the activity so that she can see how to do it. If she loses interest, try the activity again tomorrow.

Also help her to “post” the ball through the tube by taking her hand in yours and then dropping the ball from the one end to the other.



10-12 months:

Stick the cardboard tube against the wall, high enough for your baby to reach according to her developmental goal:

Sitting baby: Stick it just high enough for the ball to roll out the bottom. Show her how to drop the ball through the cardboard tube.

Standing baby: Stick the tube at chest height. First show her how to drop the ball through the cardboard tube and then encourage her to do it herself. If she pulls the roll from the wall, just try again tomorrow.


1-2 years:

First show him how to drop the voorwerp through the cardboard tube and then encourage him to do it himself. You will be surprised at how he will enjoy it!

2-4 years:

Stick the rolls against the wall, but at an angle. Give him small toys or everyday household items to roll through the tunnels.

You can use this activity to teach colours. Simply draw a different colour on each roll, and let him post the corresponding block (or simply a piece of paper) through the roll.

5-9 years:


Make a cardboard roll marble run! You can follow the instructions from Momfilter, we found the large one to be the most successful, but the small one is also a challenge!


You'll need:

  • Toilet paper tubes (toilet paper or paper towel tubes)

  • Tasking tape (coloured if you want)

  • Scissors

  • Marbles

  • Markers (optional)

(1) Decorate the cardboard tubes with colored masking tape. It’s easy to tear, adds plenty of fun color, and strengthens the tube. This is where you can include younger kids.

(2) Cut each tube in half and decorate the inside with tape (think racing stripes). You can tape designs to the shoe box too.

(3) Lay out the “half-pipes” inside the box so that they connect. Trim as needed. Use the sides and the back of the box. Secure with tape.

(4) Cut a hole in the top for the marble or spring ball. Test the marble run, adjust, and repeat.



Have Fun!


Nicolene



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