Don’t Throw Those Paper Towel Tubes Away!

by Wanda Huntley

tubesAs a teacher of young children, I try my best to be frugal and creative with all materials.  Here are some ideas on how to use those tubes:

  • spyglass
  • binoculars
  • telescope
  • magic wand
  • cocoon/chrysalis
  • kaleidoscope
  • musical instrument
  • baton
  • candle
  • measuring stick
  • rocket/space shuttle/airplane
  • traffic light
  • tree
  • flower
  • tunnel
  • microphone
  • megaphone
  • snowman
  • bracelet
  • napkin rings
  • caterpillar
  • goggles
  • shaker
  • candy cane
  • circle printer for art
  • puppet
  • talking stick
  • bat for swatting balloons/nerf balls
  • pointer for circle activities
  • Christmas tree ornament
  • funnel for sensory table
  • flag/banner for parade
  • tower for block play
  • tube for marble play
  • hiding spot for guessing things during circle activities
  • roll papers up to fit inside them to send home…almost like an  envelope!
  • base for a map

The sky is the limit!  Cut them in half or in smaller segments for a totally different effect.

Be sure to ask the parents to save them for your class.  You will be surprised at how creative the children are with these, when they are out on the free art table or the science table.  They will find all sorts of ways to use paper towel tubes!

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