You know you’re going to have plenty of toilet paper rolls.
And when the lanterns are done, now the kids can play an exploring game.


  • One empty toilet paper roll per child
  • A few markers, crayons, or paints
  • Tape, glue, or stapler

Optional Materials

  • Stickers
  • Tin foil
  • Magazine cutouts, like you’d use for a collage
  • Wrapping paper


  • Show them how to measure the paper to cover the whole tube.
  • For younger children, cut the paper to the right size for them.
  • Have the supplies out for them–that’s it.


  • The kids glue, tape, or staple their paper so it covers the tube.
  • They decorate it (I’d encourage a lot of decoration).
  • If you have a few scraps of tin foil, they might like gluing them on to make some sparkles.
  • Then they can cut a strip for the handle–long or short–and attach it. Staples or tape works best for this.
  • They can hang the lantern up or use it to go exploring.

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