make your own binoculars
Your safari adventure is not complete without your own set of binoculars! Have your class make their own binoculars so they can see both far and wide.
Set Up Ideas
Set the scene by explaining how with binoculars, things that are very far away can appear very close. This is helpful on a safari as it allows us to observe the animals from a safe distance, without disturbing them.
Let’s Get Started
Binoculars are a great tool to help us see far beyond our normal vision. To make these stylish binoculars, you'll need small craft rolls, self-adhesive craft tape and pipe cleaners.
Decorate each craft roll by placing self-adhesive craft tape around each craft tube.
Pull a pipe cleaner through each of the tubes and attach the ends together. This is to hold the tubes in place. Optionally, you may choose to use glue or tape to keep the crafts rolls together.
Add any finishing touches with craft materials to create the perfect set of binoculars.
If you use glue at all during the project, allow the glue to fully dry before using your binoculars.
Ask the children what kind of things they might find in the jungle by using binoculars. Have any of them used real binoculars before? What did they see?
Tips and Tricks
Craft tape is a fantastic way to make unique, interesting looking crafts with no mess and with minimal supplies! They come in a variety of patterns and colors, so have several rolls on-hand.
Follow up Activity
Bring in an actual set of binoculars so that children can see how they work and try them out. This works best in an outdoor area where they may be able to look at trees or other interesting surroundings.