Getting your kid interested in bird-watching from an early age can be a great outlet for them. It’s a hobby that encourages them to get out and about in nature and is very educational as well. You can make it something of a game for them, and they will have a lot of fun. And, best of all, they are not sitting glued to the TV screen.
The earlier you can start them off looking for birds, the better it is. But, who wants to hand over an expensive pair of binoculars over to a young kid? They are bound to drop them and damage them, so it's not a great idea to give them real binoculars when they are young.
That's where this project comes in. You get to spend some quality time with your child, and they end up with their very own set of binoculars. They can choose how to decorate their set and have fun with you making them. Then, when you are out, you can have them look at the birds outside so that they can start birding as well.
Want to take the illusion one step further? Create a small notebook that has pictures of birds found in your area. That way, if they see one of the birds in the book, they can just tick it off.
Making the Binoculars
You will probably have everything that you need at home already.
- Three empty toilet paper tubes
- Something to make a hole in them
- A hot glue gun and the sticks of glue to use in it
- Duct tape – stick to plain black or silver if you like, or change it up with a pretty colored roll or paint
- Yarn to match the duct tape or paint
DIY Kids Binoculars | Step By Step Instructions
- Start by taking two of the toilet paper tubes and covering them completely with duct tape – inside and out. You don't want to tape over the openings, but cover as much of the rest of the tube as you can.
- If you are using paint instead of duct tape, paint the tubes now. The duct is recommended because it does make the rolls more durable and a little more waterproof. However, it is easy enough to make yourself another set if the need arises so this is not such a huge issue.
- Cut a piece about three-quarters of an inch in length off the third tube. Cover this section with duct tape as well. This time, it doesn't matter if you do cover over the holes on either side and it can actually enhance the effect.
- Cut off a small section from the 3rd paper roll and cover it with tape too.
- Now it is time to heat up the hot glue gun. It is best to keep your child far away during this stage as the glue can cause some nasty burns. Glue the smaller piece onto the side of one of the larger rolls and then glue this piece onto the side of the other roll as well.
- Reinforce the join with duct tape if you are having problems getting it to stick.
- Make a hole for the yarn on the outside of each of the binocular arms and then thread the string through. Tie it in place and you are done.