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Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved to take random things from around the house and turn it into some sort of creation. So, whenever I get the chance to pair a book with a craft for kids, I jump at the opportunity! Each week, I host a storytime and activity at Play Street Museum here in St. Louis! This week we read Toad Makes a Road and made these cute, easy, toilet paper roll toads to go with our story.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Green cardstock or construction paper
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes
- Marker to draw on your smile
How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Toad
- First begin by cutting your toilet paper roll in half. (You can make 2 toads out of one roll.) My rolls ended up being about 2.25″ tall by 3″ around.
- Cut a piece of green paper 2.25″ tall by 3″ long and wrap around your toilet paper roll. I put glue on the back, but still secured the paper with some tape, too.
- Use this free template to cut out the toad’s head and legs.
- Fold the little tab over on each leg and glue to the side of the toilet paper roll.
- Attach your googly eyes with white craft glue.
- Draw on a smile with black marker.
This kind of kids craft is easy to make using materials you probably already have on hand! If you don’t have construction paper, paint the toilet paper tube or allow your child to color it with a green marker. I love googly eyes, but if you don’t have any, a cotton ball and black button would also b
About the Phonics Reader – Toad Makes a Road
Usborne Phonics Readers, including Toad Makes a Road, have been created in consultation with a language expert, taking into account the latest research on the most effective ways of teaching reading. Children who have just learned to read can enjoy the lively stories with very little guidance from an adult, gaining the experience and enthusiasm they need to become fully confident readers.
Fans of the beloved Poppy and Sam books may recognize these illustrations by renowned illustrator, Stephen Cartwright. In this story, Toad moves into a new house atop a hill, but the hill is so steep that none of her friends can come to her housewarming party. A creative thinker, Toad makes a road so all of her friends can celebrate with her.
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