Make a Cardboard Tube Telescope


  • Paper Cup

  • Empty toilet paper roll

  • Scissors

  • Pen

  • Crayons or Markers

  • Stickers

  • Duct tape, washi tape, or any tape that you have at home


  1. Place the paper cup on top of the outside bottom of the cup. With the pen or a marker trace around the toilet paper roll. You will have a circle

  2. Then cut out the circle, making a hole in the bottom of the cup.

  3. Place the toilet paper roll in the hole of the cup. Push the cup through until only about ΒΌ of the toilet paper roll is showing from the bottom of the cup. You should be able to see straight through the toilet paper roll and the cup.

  4. To secure your toilet paper roll to the cup, you can wrap either duct tape, washi tape or any type of tape that you have at home. This will also decorate your telescope.

  5. Decorate your telescope with crayons, markers and stickers.

  6. Take your telescope and start exploring!

Activity by Cheryl Moy, Bates Site

Posted in Activities, After School, Art, At Home, Bates, Nature.