It’s Groundhog Day! I don’t know about you, but for my kids, that means that they have just developed a new interest in weather patterns! My oldest son, Dexter, is seriously worried about what it means if the groundhog sees his shadow. Six more weeks of winter?? Or how about if he doesn’t see his shadow? Then “Spring is just around the corner,” right? It took me until I was in my 20s before I realized that they both mean the same thing. Just around the corner means… about six weeks away! Oh to be young and silly again!
Anyway, this year, I thought we’d do something a bit special to commemorate it. It’s a great kid craft suitable for homeschooling or just as a supplemental ongoing lesson for kids who have an interest in the weather. These construction paper binoculars don’t have any special power, but it makes the lesson more fun! Just get your kids to look out the window (or step outside) each day, looking through their construction paper binoculars and see what the weather is doing that day. Then, using the free printable weather graph, have them document it each day for the next few weeks. See if they can spot any patterns!
It’s a great way to learn more about weather. Discuss where rain and snow come from and make it into a science lesson! The construction paper binoculars are a great art project for young kids, so you’ve got art and science in one. Then, once you’ve graphed the weather for a while, you can turn it into a statistics lesson! How fun!
So here is how to make your own!
- 2 paper roll tubes (4” long)
- 2 – 4”x 6” pieces of blue construction paper
- 2 – ¼” x 6” strips of white construction paper
- 1 – 1½” x 6” strip of white construction paper
- Glue gun
- String (cut to the length you choose)
STEP 1. Cover each paper roll with the blue construction paper sealing the edge with the glue gun.
STEP 2. Add the white strips of paper to the end of each paper roll using the glue gun.
STEP 3. Roll the last white construction paper rectangle into a tube shape that is about ½” wide.
STEP 4. Use the glue gun to attach the white tube to the top, center of the binoculars.
STEP 5. Use the glue gun to secure the ends of the string on the inside edges of the binoculars.
CAUTION: String is a choking hazard so you can delete this step if you feel it is unsafe for your child.
There you have it. A super fun set of construction paper binoculars that will entertain your kids while helping them learn!