Bird-watching "binoculars"


By Caitlin Murray Giles


Every beginning bird watcher needs two things: binoculars and a field guide. Invest in a child-size set of binoculars for older children, while younger bird watchers will be content to make their own "binoculars."


  • Two empty toilet paper rolls (or a paper towel roll cut in half)
  • Two wooden beads (about 1 inch in diameter)
  • Poster paint (in the color of your choice)
  • Paint brush
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Cord, ribbon or string
  • Hole punch


  1. Paint the toilet paper rolls and wooden beads the color of your choice. Let dry completely.
  2. Glue the wooden beads between the two rolls.
  3. Punch a hole at the outer edge of each roll. Attach cord, string or ribbon through the holes to make a strap.
  4. Head outside with your "binoculars" and see what you can see!

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