Boy Crafts: Binoculars

I am really enjoying this new practice of being a professional mom during the day and leaving the professional anything-else to the evenings and weekends.  It is certainly not easy to come down after finally getting the boys to bed about 8:30 and crack open the laptop, but separating the two has really lowered my stress levels and upped my happiness levels.  Unfortunately, a looming deadline this week has forced me to do more outside work during the day, and I can feel my blood pressure rising along with the boys' irritation levels. :(

I am loving my mornings with Cam.  This guys is just growing so freakin fast, it is kind of blowing my mind.  He is a real sweetie, with an ace sense of humour, and is a lot of fun when he can relax and not compete for attention (from me and from Will!).

We have all been keeping track of our friend the cardinal - a 'real loud guy', according to Cam.  As the buds are just peeking out on the trees, it is still easy to catch sight of his bright red body sitting up in a tree. Nonetheless, Cam thought we should really get some binoculars to get a better look (not sure where he got this idea from!).

They are pretty self-explanatory and easy to make: all you need are toilet paper rolls, construction paper, glue or tape, markers, and string or ribbon.  Cam wasn't happy with how his drawings were going, so he told me what he wanted and I drew it.  What looks like just a random pattern is actually lightening, wheels, lines on the road, exhaust from a truck (not a cloud), and rain - oh and a car, of course.  They have held up for a few weeks now, and Cam keep telling me that they "REALLY WORK!" and insists on wearing them out for walks.  Of course we had to make a pair for William too, but his kept coming apart and morphed into a telephone instead.  :)

So these were a pretty successful craft, but I have to say, the big winners are the parking garage and the whiteboard table.  They are used every. single. day. Hooray!

Any awesome crafts you have made recently?  Please share in the comments, I am always on the hunt for new ideas! Thanks as always for reading. :)


  1. I loved doing this craft with my grandsons who are now 6 and 8, it was amazing how clear objects became. Try searching Cardboard box crafts on Pininterest - lots of great projects.

  2. Cute idea!! My daughter played with an empty toilet paper roll for like 20 min yesterday, maybe I should try crafting it into this. Love it!


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