I Can See Clearly Now…

The outdoors is a big open canvas for children. There are so many things to see, do, and hear when outside. Adding something as simple as DIY binoculars can help children focus on one aspect at a time.

Materials Needed:

  • Tissue paper roll or a paper towel roll cut in half
  • Glue and tape
  • Crayons or markers to decorate


  1. Let the children decorate the rolls.
  2. Glue the rolls together, evenly side by side.
  3. Tape the rolls together to help reinforce them

Have the children look through the binoculars to focus on details outdoors they may have otherwise missed. Ask open-ended questions about what they see through their binoculars.

Make a list of the natural items that the children see. Ask the children to look for items that are a certain color, texture, size, etc. Give the child paper so that he or she can draw pictures of what they see through their binoculars.