Young students love to create and play, so this DIY Binoculars Craft for preschoolers is a perfect addition! Children practice fine motor skills while creating a project they can enjoy for all kinds of imaginative play.
Art in the Preschool Classroom
When considering art in the preschool classroom, it is important to think of the skills the project encompasses, not just the end product it produces. Will students be practicing scissor skills, like when making rainbow confetti? Maybe students need extra work on gripping a writing utensil, so plan a scribble art project. Or maybe even getting a little extra practice experimenting with science and color theory. Whatever the project, be sure to think about the skills being used instead of simply what is being created.
Step-by-Step Directions for the Binoculars Craft
A DIY binoculars craft in the preschool classroom requires very few supplies and incorporates multiple skills. Students gain practice in using a glue stick (and putting the caps back on!), correctly holding a crayon or marker, and perseverance in completing a task. They also practice autonomy and decision-making while choosing the colors and thinking about the design and assembly of the project.
- Craft tubes (like these found online)
- Construction paper
- Hole Punch
- Crayons, Markers, or Paint
- String, yarn, or ribbon
How-To Make Binoculars:
- Gather craft tubes.
- Cut construction paper the same size as the tubes.
- Students decorate the paper.
- Glue the paper onto the tubes.
- Staple (or hot glue) them together.
- Punch 2 holes, one on each side. (see photo for placement)
- Attach a string.
Depending on the age of the students, they may require some help with assembling their binoculars.
Once completed, the possibilities are endless! Students can use the binoculars on a scavenger hunt around the room, take them outside to search for birds, or look for signs of nature in their backyards. They can also use them for imaginary expeditions in the dramatic play area!