How to create a binocular safari

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There’s no doubt going on a safari is a REAL adventure. But you’ll need some gear. Binoculars are great for spotting animals at a distance, even in the backyard. Here’s how to make a pair:

Tools and materials

Patterned contact



Toilet paper rolls


tools and materials required to make safari binoculars for kids

1. Cut the contact

Cut your light-coloured contact into two long strips. Then cut each strip in half to make four pieces.

cutting contact paper

2. Wrap it up

Stick your strips onto the end of each toilet roll. Remove the backing paper and the contact will stick to the toilet roll.

sticking contact paper onto toilet roll

3. Change the colour

Repeat this process – cutting and sticking - but this time use a different colour – we used green contact. Create another row near the first strip. Then use a third coloured contact – ours was a darker timber colour - to create a wider strip. This will go around both toilet paper rolls to join them together and create the binoculars.

sticking green contact paper onto toilet roll

4. Cut string to size

Next up attach some string, so that your binoculars will hang handily around your neck. Measure the length – you’ll need to measure around your neck. Then cut the string to size.

measuring string to cut for binoculars

5. Attach the string

Use Velcro to attach the string to the binoculars. Take the harder piece of Velcro in the roll, cut a small piece, and attach it inside the outer corner of the binoculars. Repeat on the other side. Next up use the softer roll of Velcro. Cut a small piece and peel off the backing paper. Stick the string in between and fold over. That’s one side done. Repeat the process for the other side. Attach the string to the binoculars.

sticking string onto binoculars with velcro

6. It's safari time

Your binoculars are ready for a safari around home, the backyard, or even under the bed. What animals are lurking there?


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