Family activity: How to make wildlife watching binoculars

Grab whichever craft supplies you have at home and follow these simple steps to create your very own binoculars.
Wildlife watching binoculars

To make your wildlife watching binoculars, you will need: 

  • 2 cardboard loo rolls (or a kitchen roll tube cut in two)
  • 1 sheet of A4 paper
  • a pair of scissors
  • PVA glue
  • approximately 60cm/2ft of string or wool
  • whichever craft supplies you have to hand, for example pens, paint, tissue paper, etc.
  • a hole punch, or pen
  • an elastic band (optional)
  • 2 bulldog clips or clothes pegs (optional)
How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 1

Step 1

Cut a rectangle of paper to fit each of your loo rolls. 

How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 2

Step 2

Time to get creative and decorate your paper rectangles! Use whichever craft materials you have to decorate each sheet of paper. You could use pens or paint to create a pattern, or perhaps tissue paper to make camouflage binoculars that blend in with the surroundings. 

How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 3

Step 3

Once you are satisfied with your decorating, use some PVA glue to stick your paper rectangles onto your loo rolls. 

How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 4

Step 4

Now use some PVA glue to stick your two loo rolls together, to create the binoculars shape. If you have an elastic band pop it around your binoculars to keep the rolls secure while they dry (this could also be done with a bit of string). If you have bulldog clips or clothes pegs pinch each end of your binoculars to hold them together, as pictured. Set aside to dry. 

How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 5

Step 5

When the glue has dried, use a hole punch or pen to punch a hole in the outside of each loo roll. 

How to make wildlife watching binoculars step 6

Step 6

Thread one end of your string/wool through one of the holes. Tie a few knots to stop the string slipping through. Thread the other end through the other hole and tie more knots to create a carrying strap. 

Wildlife watching binoculars

You’ve created your very own wildlife watching binoculars! See what you can spot in your garden, on a walk or out of your window. We'd love to see a photo of your binoculars.

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