Building a Telescope

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

Endorsed by


  • Physical - Fine motor skills (peeling off, pasting on, hand control).
  • Intellectual - Discrimination, designing.
  • Emotional - Skill mastery, engagement, confidence building, individual success, sense of accomplishment.
  • Social - Designing for others, group play.

Children get to design their own telescope using simple paper rolls and stickers. An extremely simple activity great designing fun!
Skill Level
Suitable for
3-4 years old
Estimated time
< 15 mins

What You Will Need

  • Reusable Paper Rolls of Different Lengths
  • Variety of Stickers
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Coloured Paper

Step 1


Gather the materials.

Step 2


Paste the double-sided tape on both ends of the paper roll.

Step 3


Wrap the paper roll with the coloured paper.

Step 4


Now the fun begins. Ask the children to choose their stickers and start pasting them on their telescope.

Ask the Kids

What else could we use to paste onto the paper roll?

What can you see through your telescope?

Do they appear big or small?

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below


  • Cindy Teoh

    Thank you so much for the idea. I got my K2 kids to make this telescope after we read a story about pirates. They were so delighted with the process as they did not expect a paper towel roll can be turned into a pirate’s telescope! When I asked them what do they see with their telescope, their replies were “Buried treasure in a faraway land!”, “Mummy and Daddy!”, “People’s houses! (Oops! Wonder where they go the idea)” Haha.
    Thanks again. We had so much fun peering into the “holes” and cried, “Pirates Ahoy!” (Some actually used theirs as a loud speaker.)
    Can’t wait to embark on our next journey with your other ideas!