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7 to 12, Under 7
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Under $10
1 to 60 minutes
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Nature Telescope
A potato chip can and a paper towel tube become a telescope you can use to keep your eye on wildlife.
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue
  • Empty paper towel tube
  • Empty potato chip can with plastic lid
  • 12 inches of ½-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Step 1

Ask an adult to cut the bottom off the potato chip can and an “X” shape in the plastic lid.

Step 2

Wrap the chip can and paper towel tube with construction paper. Tape to hold in place.

Step 3

Decorate both tubes with markers or crayons.

Step 4

Glue a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the chip can and the top of the paper towel tube.

Step 5

Carefully slide the paper towel tube through the “X” shape in the plastic lid.

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