Cardboard roll cuffs toddler craft

I volunteer with a local baby and toddler group, and my main job is to help organise the arts and crafts table. This week we’re doing decorated cardboard roll cuffs (inspired by Kids Activities Blog), and the mums tend to prefer a sample of ‘finished product’ so they know what they’re aiming for. So Child 1 (she’s been promoted) and I settled down this morning to make some example cuffs for the group to use as a reference.

Things you’ll need:

  • cardboard tubes (recycling!)
  • coloured paper
  • PVA glue and glue spreaders (popsicle sticks work as well)
  • sequins, spangles, beads (I made some very basic and not-at-all-durable paper beads), googly eyes, any small things you have that will stick
Recycle a cardboard roll into a cuff for your toddler to decorate and wear with pride. Cut a cardboard roll up the middle, then into the size you want; Apply glue to the roll, then stick on a strip of coloured paper; Trim the coloured paper to fit, then start decorating.
  1. Cut a cardboard roll up the middle, then into the size you want.
  2. Apply glue to the roll, then stick on a strip of coloured paper.
  3. Trim the coloured paper to fit, then start decorating.

We made six cuffs. It kept Child 1 occupied for an hour — with me helping her — while my mum looked after Child 2.

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