How to Make Little Explorer Binoculars

These colorful, easy-to-make binoculars will have kids on the lookout for backyard adventure all year long.

DIY Binoculars

DIY Binoculars

These colorful, easy to make binoculars will have kids on the look-out for fun and adventure 24-7.

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Materials Needed

  • two cardboard rolls
  • string or paracord
  • duct tape, in bright colors
  • 1" hole punch
  • scissors

Color Coordinate

As you gather your materials, coordinate your tape colors with your cord color for a fun look that kids will love.

DIY Binoculars Supplies

DIY Binoculars Supplies

These colorful, easy to make binoculars will have kids on the look-out for fun and adventure 24-7.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Embellish With Tape

Start by adding a piece of colorful tape to the top edge of the first cardboard roll, making sure to leave a 1/2-inch overhang. Make a few cuts along the edge of the tape so it's easy to fold inside the roll and finish the edges (Image A). Add more tape in a different color to the middle of the roll (Image B). Finish off the rest of the roll in a third color, using the same method to finish the edge. Repeat on the second cardboard roll so you have an identical pair. Then, tape the two rolls together using a coordinated color.

Punch Holes for Cord

Using a one-hole punch, make a hole on either side of the binoculars, about 3/4-inch from the top edge.

Step 3- Punch Holes for Cord

Step 3- Punch Holes for Cord

Using a one-hole punch make a hole on either side of the binoculars, about ¾ inch from the top edge.

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Add Cord

Cut the cord to approximately 28 inches, then thread each end of the cord through the holes of the binoculars. Create a small knot inside the binoculars at the ends, then trim excess cord (Image A, B).

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DIY Kiddie Binoculars

DIY Kiddie Binoculars

Kiddos can scout out the yard all day long with these cute, easy to make paper binoculars.

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Flynnside Out Productions

These easy-to-make binoculars are perfect for exploring the backyard and beyond. You can even make multiples for party favors at your kid's next themed party.

10 Creative Backyard Camping Ideas for Mini Explorers

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Exploring Your Great Backyard

The great outdoors is only feet away, and kids can be the ultimate explorers without heading far from home. Simply set up camp right behind your home, and let them create their own adventure.

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DIY Kids' Tent

This little tent can go anywhere! Build this small-scale tent frame with a simple garden trellis cut to your desired size. Then, connect the two pieces at the top with hinges to create an A-frame. Drape a colorful flat sheet on top, then when it's time to pack up camp, just fold it up for easy storage.

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Let Them Make It Their Own

Let the kids put their own stamp on their camp setup by adding colorful pillows, garlands and stuffed animals into the mix. Add a little nighttime sparkle with solar lights and LED strings.

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Create Easy Decor

Bring out portable stools to create kid-sized coffee tables. They're perfect for keeping games and snacks off the ground.

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Explorer Binoculars

Kids can scout out the yard all day long with these cute, easy-to-make explorer binoculars.
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Handmade Sleep Pods

Create a custom, comfy sleep pod by connecting a few colorful pillowcases. They're great for outdoor camping or indoor sleepovers with friends.
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Make Some Music

No camping adventure is complete without some creative sing-alongs. Don't forget to include a few musical instruments so the kids can get a jam session going.

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Journey Sticks

Let kids create their own journey sticks using colorful paint, yarn and tape. As they find interesting and inspiring items like feathers, flowers and rocks, they can tie them to their stick to help document their adventures.

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No-Flame Lanterns

Hang these simple lanterns off shepherd's hooks to create a soft glow at night. Punch holes in cans or cardboard cylinders, then add battery-powered LED candles.

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"Go Away, Mosquito" Bracelet

These easy-to-make, citronella-infused paracord bracelets will help keep pesky mosquitos off your kiddos.
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Color Scavenger Hunt

Send kids on an "I Spy" adventure with this color scavenger hunt. Have them search for things that match the color on their sheets, then add it to their bags. (Within reason, of course!)
Print Out the Scavenger Hunt Game

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