We love upcycling toilet paper rolls! This simple "Feeding Frankenstein" craft can be used a number of ways. They make cute indoor Halloween decorations, or can encourage fine motor practice and counting. We used them for all of the above! Check out how below.
What You Need:
- toilet paper rolls
- green construction paper
- black felt
- black marker
- google eyes
- tape or glue
- pom-poms (optional)
- tweezers (optional)
- pipe cleaners (optional)
- hole puncher (optional)
What To Do:
1. Cut the construction paper and felt to wrap around the roll. Cut a zigzag pattern at the bottom of your felt strip.
2. Attach the paper and felt to the roll with glue or tape.
3. Add google eyes to the front of the tube and draw a Frankenstein mouth.
4. You could be finished at this point if you just want to keep these for decoration. If you want to take them a step further, you can use a hole puncher and punch some holes in the sides for some fine motor sewing practice.
Feeding Frankenstein Game
We have been using these for some fine motor and counting practice. To make the game a bit harder, each player started with 20 pom-poms.
We rolled a dice and pinched and fed that amount of ‘slime balls’ to Frankenstein. Play continues by passing the dice and the tweezers around in a circle, taking turns.
The first person to feed Frankenstein all of their balls was the winner! We have been playing this over and over! And the Frankenstein crafts look cute displayed in our living room.
Katie Chiavarone holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from NYU and is a mom to three young children. She co-authored the book The Undeniable Power of Play. This post is adapted from her blog, Views From a Step Stool.