Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Wrapping Paper Tubes

Wrapping Paper Tubes

Before you throw away those holiday wrapping paper tubes, keep these easy-to-make crafts in mind.

Light Saber: Wrap the tube with colored duct tape, then wrap some black tape around the bottom to make a handle. Use small foam stickers to create on/off switches on the handle, or just use more colored tape.

Fire Hose: Dressing up like a firefighter is even more fun when your child has a fire hose to put out pretend fires. Cut strips of blue crepe paper at random lengths from about 5″ – 12″. Tape the strips into one end of the wrapping paper tube. This is the “water” coming out of the hose.

Toy Car Luge Race: Cut the paper towel tube in half lengthwise. Tape one end to the back of a door so that the other end touches the floor. Place a toy car in each luge track and let them go at the same time. Who will win? Make a chart with the color of each car and tally the results.



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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