5 out-of-this-world ideas
We love our children to the moon and back, but after several months at home together, a solo trip into space sounds quite appealing!
These super-simple loo roll crafts are fun, free to create and will keep your kids busy – so you can find a little time for you.
1. An easy alien craft idea
2. Craft a space armband from a cardboard tube, just like Buzz Lightyear’s!
You’ll need: Loo roll tube, foil, coloured paper, scissors, glue
1. Snip the loo roll tube so you can slip it onto your child’s wrist.
2. Now they can wrap it in foil.
3. Then, they snip shapes from coloured paper to make buttons and glue them on. There could be buttons for your child to press to visit the planets of our solar system, and maybe a laser button to warn off any aliens they might encounter.
4. Finally, they slot the gadget onto their wrist and they’re ready to go.
3. Cardboard tube telescope for pretend stargazing
You’ll need: Kitchen roll tube or two toilet rolls, foil, black paper, sticky tape
What to do:
1. If you’re using two toilet roll tubes, tape them together, end to end.
2. Now your child can wrap foil around them. Then, snip and stick a strip of black card around the end.
3. Ask them to point the telescope at the sky and look out for stars, planets and alien spacecrafts.
4. Loo roll astronaut – the best photo craft that's perfect to give as a gift!
You’ll need: Loo roll tube, clear plastic cup or jelly pot (rescued from the recycling), pens and pencils, scissors, coloured card (we used blue), white paint, paintbrush, photo of your child, sticky tape, glue
What to do:
- Ask your child to paint the tube white.
- Once it’s dry, draw some astronaut suit details on the tube and colour them in.
- While they’re busy doing that, snip out a photo of them.
- Tape the ring that you made earlier to the top of the tube. Tape the photo, too.
- Add glue to the paper ring, then glue on the plastic cup helmet.
5. Cardboard tube space rocket – as easy as 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
You’ll need: Loo roll tube, wrapping paper, sticky tape, card, tissue paper, scissors, glue, pens and sticky stars (optional)
What to do:
1. Ask your child to wrap the wrapping paper around the toilet roll tube and stick in place. If they’d like, they could decorate it with pens, or sticky stars!
2. Roll a cone from card and tape it, then they can glue it the top of the tube.
3. Ask your child to tear tissue paper flames and stick them to the bottom of the rocket.
4. Challenge them to count backwards from 10, then blast off! Can they land their shuttle safely on a planet far, far away?
Play idea: They could drop a favourite little plastic toy into the tube and take them for a ride in space.