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Old 06-28-2002, 03:57 PM
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Uses for Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tubes

These were sent tome several years ago froma mom on the Beavers (a type of boy scout club I assume).


1.Airplane - Use construction paper or fun foam to add wings, tail and wheels.

2.Axe Handle - One flattened and shaped to make the blade.

3.Balancing - See how long Beavers can balance a long paper tube on the end of their fingers.

4.Ball in Tube Game - Attach a bead to a string connected to the tube. Flip bead and try tocatch it in the tube.

5.Ball Launcher - Such as in Jai Alai.

6.Bar Bell - Let your Beavers be the World's Strongest Man or Woman by adding balloons on the ends of a long tube.

7.Bases - Support bases for magazine cut-outs.

8.Baton - OK, but there is alway pretending. Be part of a parade and let your Beavers be drum majors. OR, pass one in a race.

9.Bats - "Play ball!"

10.Bell Shaker - Tie bells securely to the middle of four pieces of string, then tie the string securely to an empty paper towel tube.

11.Bird - Add construction wings, beak and tail, and tooth pick legs. Add sturdy wings to make a glider.

12.Bird Feeder - Skewers; holes in tube; suet or feed.

13.Binoculars - In a make believe world.

14.Bowling Pins

15.Bridge Supports - Various types of bridges.

16.Bubble Blower - Try paper tubes as a bubble blower. It's a different challenge.

17.Butterfly - Body, and you may consider splitting them for the wings.

18.Cabin - Rather than an individual project, this is a Colony project to use those bags tubes you collected as good junk.

19.Campfire - Using long tubes build a teepee fire.

20.Candle - Cap off one end and use the tube as a mold. Add crushed ice around the wick down middle. Pour in melted wax.

21.Candle - Use construction paper or fun foam to make the flame.

22.Canoe - Cut lengthwise and shape the ends. Staple the ends and add craft stick seat(s) to keep the sides apart.

23.Cardboard Stock - Use the tubes not only for their size, shape and structure. Cut the lengthwise, flatten and use the material.

24.Castle - Corner turrets or towers.

25.Caterpillar or Worm - Cut into shorter lengths and join top and bottom with string or yarn.

26.Chains - Have Beavers decorate toilet paper tubes with markers. When they've finished, flatten the tubes and cut a series of slits, alternating along the length of the tube, each just inside a centimetre of the opposite side. Let the Beavers stretch out their tubes by pulling the ends.

27.Chimes - Tie several lengths of string around a cardboard tube, tied about an inch apart. Tie nails, shells, old tableware, or a combination at the ends of the string. Glue all the knots in place.

28.Christmas Wreath - Cut in shorter length, colour green, and glue on a paper plate.

29.Clubs - Fun battles with Christmas wrap tubes.

30.Clubs - As in golf clubs.

31.Cob of Corn

32.Cord Organizer - To store extension cords so they won't get tangled, keep folding cord in halves until about 20 cm. long. Insert the length up the tube and mark the cord length on the outside.

33.Course Markers - For races or obstacle course.

34.Creative Clipping - Cut tubes into 5 cm. lengths. Provide Beavers with plenty of clothes pins or paper clips. Encourage them to clip the tubes together into any shape they want.

35.Dam - Literally, as a group project, "Build the Dam" during a Colony meeting.

36.Dinosaur Bones - Look for them as part of a game, or as a craft.

37.Elephant Trunk

38.Faces - Like Mr. Potato Head. Cover in your favourite construction paper colour or wrapping paper. Add facial features either from cut-outs, fun foam, buttons, pom-poms, fabric, seeds,
beads, grasses, whatever.

39.Fire Starter - Fill tube with dried leaves. Wrap in newspaper, 4 inches longer than roll. Twist ends of roll. Outer wrap of decorative paper make them a nice accessory for the fire place. OR, cover one end and fill with a combination wax and sawdust mixture.

40.Fishing - Add a hook to the fishing rod and a toothpick in the mouth of the fish (fun foam fins and tail).

41.Flowers - As the stem or petals (cut roll lengthwise then to desired width of petal. Shape and colour. Glue centers of petal strips onto cardboard circle. Flower centre of button or pom-poms).

42.Game - The key prop in a form of charades where Beavers act out what sport they are playingsuch as baseball, hockey, fishing.

43.Garden Tools - Handles for rake, shovel and spade.

44.Giraffe - An animal project that's perfect for cardboard tubes.

45.Guitar - As the finger board.

46.Hat - Create a Party hat by decorating the outside of the paper tube. Cut down vertically on the tube creating stems. Decorate the ends of the stems with flowers, buttons, bells, whatever is your fancy. Create chin strap with elastic or string. OR, make a clown top hat.

47.Helicopter - As body. Split another tube lengthwise and make into blades.

48.Hobby Horse - Just add a head and mane.

49.Hoop Game - A variation where you attach a string to a stick and cut a ring from a tube and attach to the string. Objective is to flip ring over the stick.

50.Javelin Throw - A mini Olympics event.


52.Kazoo - Attach wax paper to one end with an elastic band. Make a hole through opposite end, about 2 cm. from the end.

53.Kinara - A seven-branch candlestick used during Kwanza.

54.Knitting Needle Holder

55.Legs - Of imaginative creatures.

56.Light House

57.Lincoln Logs - Notch the ends of larger tubes and show your Beavers how they can build with them.

58.Loom - From 1001 Teaching Props. Make a simple cardboard tube loom. Cut slits in the ends of the cardboard. Run yarn lengthwise between the slits (inside and out) to create a warp. Then, let the Beaver weave yarn over and under the warp around the tube.

59.Magic Wand

60.Mailbox - As the post, with a plastic bottle as the box.

61.Marble Maze - Attach them end-to-end and lay out your course. Use whole tubes or cut lengthwise.

62.Megaphone - Kids love it and parents hate it.

63.Message Tote Necklace - Make sure that message, permission form or newsletter gets home.

64.Microphone - In the "Let's Pretend" world.

65.Miniature Golf - Use tubes to form your obstacles.
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