I am a rule bender because often rules give me the shits! In early childhood settings in Australia, the re-use of toilet rolls as craft material is outlawed. It's because of the risk of E. coli, apparently.
Stupid regulation in my opinion. The kids can catch any manner of bad germs from any manner of other unclean material.
Now I've found another absolutely fantastic idea for the reuse of toilet rolls: tube animals. Thank you to El hada de papel (translated from Spanish, it means, The Paper Fairy) for the FANTASTIC idea and her wonderful photography.
- paint or colours
- empty rolls of toilet paper
- marking pen or thin paint brush for features
What you do to the toilet roll:
- Push down on the top two edges until they meet in the middle.
- Now you've got the basic figure and its ears.
- Paint the tubes into whatever theme you need for story telling, puppet play or decorating: monsters, owls, cats.... whatever.
I'm thinking about making a set to dramatise a story reading of the poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.
Do you like this idea?