Sanity Savers: Make Your Own Binoculars

Written by Jacalyn Slingerland
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator

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MATERIALS

• 2 craft tubes
• 2 1⁄2 Feet of ribbon
• Scissors
• Pom poms
• 1 Glue stick
• Ruler
• Stickers

HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE TO DO?

15 minutes

ACADEMIC SUBJECT(S):

Art, Math
VA: CR 1.2. 1,2,3a NY-PK.MD.1 NY-PK.G.1 NY-PK.G.3

DEVELOPMENT SUBJECT AREAS:
Fine Motor Skills
Social and emotional development

This lesson allows your child to explore imaginative play after creating their own binoculars. The craft project gives an opportunity to discuss measurement, addition, counting, and shapes.

This craft is extra special because once it’s complete it will help spark imaginative play. Binoculars are used to see things far away, what do you and your child see while looking through the binoculars? You can go on an indoor or outdoor adventure. A jungle expedition, birdwatching, anything!

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1 Have a grown up carefully make a hole in each craft tube using scissors.
STEP 2 Thread your holiday ribbon through the holes and tie at the end so it stays.
STEP 3 Glue the two craft tubes together.
STEP 4 Decorate using stickers and pom poms.
STEP 5 Look through your binoculars! Who do you see?

A fun side activity is to play I-Spy with your new binoculars!

VOCABULARY

MAGNIFY: To make something appear larger than it actually is.
OBSERVE: To watch or see something.
LENS: A clear piece of glass that helps to magnify objects that are far away.

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