Toilet paper tubes - uses?

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  1. leighbball

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    I have saved toilet paper rolls for my now retired art teacher for the last few years...I don't want to stop now even though she retired (and I don't know the new art teacher or whether she will want them)...so, what do you use empty toilet paper tubes for? Abcteach.com has some cute printables...we made groundhogs in February using them, but I need more ideas. My collection is getting large! :lol:
     
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    I've seen recently a post about how you can cut a slit in them lengthwise, and then wrap them around wrapping paper to keep it from opening.... dunno if this is the kind of thing you were looking for, lol.
     
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    You could use them to make totem poles!
     
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    ask your school's pre-k teachers. i could always use them for something, but i think you can do more with paper towel rolls.
     
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    WOW!
    Here are some of the cool ones....
    -Music makers...Put beans inside them, tape the ends and you have some cool shakers. The children can paint or wrap them.
    -Tape a bunch of them together the length of a yard stick. Have the children paint them white. Let them dry and then you can have them mark off the inch marks for 3 feet. I know they can just use a regular yard stick, BUT the idea of a tube shaped one IS JUST DIFFERENT! (An original:) )
    -Make them into fire crackers for July 4th
    -Make 3D candles for a BIG 3D Birthday cake
    -Paint them different colors, cut them into smaller tubes, and have the younger kids string them for patterning. You can use this idea with groups. They don't have to string them. They can just lay them on their desks. You store them hanging from small ropes, etc. (Another original :) )
    -Outside game. You have the tubes cut into halves or thirds. They are already painted in different colors. Do a relay where you have children race to a designated spot where you have stakes in the ground, put the tube on it, and run back for the next child to do the next. The first team to complete the patterns you suggested is the winner! (Mine.)
    -Dip tubes in paint for painting circle patterns on a butcher paper for a different way to deco an art wall
    -Use the tubes for rolling marbles and small cars through
    -Slice the tubes and or cut them into smaller tubes and use them for 3D creations! Oh! This is one of the BEST WAYS to use them. The children can paint their creations when they are done. (Mine)
    Have fun!
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    I just saw a cute idea to use them to make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree!
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    We used them for catepillar cocoons. You made a catepillar out of a tongue depressor and colored cotton balls and then slipped it in to a decorated toliet paper tube (oops cocoon).
     
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    We put two together and added a string to make binoculars for a field trip. The kids really loved using them.
     
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    I give them to my rabbit. Sometimes I fill it with hay for a little challenge. I've also seen where you can stuff them with the dryer lint for your dryer as fire starters. You could just ask the new art teacher if they could use them.....
     
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    You can cut one and have the kids decorate it for a friendship bracelet. It will slide onto and off a child's wrist easily.
     
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    One of the best things I did was create a recycled art center. I just put in things like newspaper, TP tubes, etc and see what the kids create.
     
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    BEST. IDEA. EVER!
     
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    That is an excellent idea! We make totem poles in 5th grade when we study US History and Native Americans. This will make it so much easier. Thank you!
     
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    Put a microphone pattern on them and have kids use when practicing fluency or reading/speaking aloud to the class.
     
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    Am I the only one who sees toilet paper rolls as potentially unsanitary, especially if kids bring them from home? Maybe paper towel rolls cut to length would be cleaner.
     
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    Spray it with lysol or a bleach/water combo bottle before you and the kids use them.
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