Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Toilet Roll Learning Activities

This was not the post I had planned for today. In fact, this was not a post that I had planned to write at all, but yesterday I shared a picture of a morning activity I had done with my kids and it was BY FAR the most popular picture I have ever posted to our Facebook page.  Here was the picture of our super simple learning activity.

For our toilet roll fun, we used:
toilet paper rolls
Mr. Sketch Scent Markers (by far my favorite type of markers in the whole world!)
Sharpie or fine-tipped marker

I customized a toilet roll for each of my kids.  My 2 and 3-year-old Daycare Kids matched their dot stickers to the same color dots on their toilet roll.

My 5-year-old is getting ready to go into Kindergarten so he worked on matching his lower-case and capital-letters.  I wrote the lower-case letters on the toilet roll so there would be less of a chance of him rotating the lower-case letters and getting confused.

My 7-year-old worked on some addition fact.  I admit that we haven't done as much math this summer as I had hoped, so this was a great opportunity to get him back to work.

I love this activity because it is so quick and easy to put together and you can literally customize it to fit any age or any topic.  You could easily work in shapes, site words, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts.  Also, keep in mind that the stickers that we used came off easily from the rolls.  This made it easy for me to double-check their work and we were able to put the stickers back on their sheets and use them again.  If you're looking for something to stay on permanently, I suggest trying a different type of sticker.

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21 comments:

  1. What a fun idea. I hoard TP Rolls and am always looking for something to use them for! My daughter loves stickers so this is going on the plan for this week!

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    1. Lauren, I'm glad I'm not the only one that hoards them! I'm always afraid that someone will go into my master bathroom and think it's weird that there's a basket of empty toilet paper rolls :)

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  2. What a great idea. May make a few to take on our upcoming plane journey.

    Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Enjoy your trip! I hope your kids like them :)

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  3. Great activity for when you are out and about, too!!

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    1. Thanks Kristina! My original idea was to take them to the dentist with us, but the kids saw them and couldn't wait that long :)

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  4. This looks like such a fun game. No wonder the picture was so popular on facebook. This will definitely be how I use the next empty toilet paper roll in my house. ;)

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    1. Thanks Kirstylee! I'm so glad that others are finding it useful :)

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  5. quite an unusual but educational way to use loo rolls!

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    1. Thanks Kriss! They also work well with paper towel rolls, but we've tried to limit our use of paper towels so we don't have as many rolls :)

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  6. Don't you love when you can modify an activity to use it for so many things (like letters, numbers, sight words, math facts, etc.)? Thanks for sharing this idea!

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    1. Absolutely! With a 2, 5, and 7 year old, I'm always looking for activities that they can do "together", but that meet all their individual needs :) Thanks for commenting!

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  7. great idea! I've been saving rolls with no real plans for them...now I have something to do with them! my husband will be so pleased!!!! hahahaha

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    1. My husband thinks I'm crazy for the basket of empty rolls in the bathroom, but every now and then he comes home to a family of toilet roll penguins or finds the kids exploring with their homemade binoculars. I never know when a good craft will call for a whole bunch of rolls :)

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  8. Fantastic! I like this idea so much. Thanks!

    Regards from Spain,

    María.
    http://enelcorazondeinfantil.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Maria! I'm so glad that you found something you like :)

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  9. I love that math idea for my boys. I am going to give it a try! Very nicebpost! Www.porfiriagomez.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I love simple ideas that can make learning more fun for my boys! Hopefully, yours will like this one, too :)

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  10. I'll be featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this weekend, thank you for linking up!

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  11. Absolutely love this! I'm always on the look-out for ways to help my 4-year-old with letter recognition and this is just perfect. (Plus so inexpensive, which I also love!) Thanks for this great idea!

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