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Toilet Paper Roll Prints

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Long ago, I saw this post about making shamrock prints from empty toilet paper rolls at Pink and Green Mama and I’ve seen this sort of thing several times since then (circles, hearts, raindrops).


  • Toilet paper rolls.
  • Kid’s craft paint.
  • A small bowl.
  • Paper.
  • A jelly roll tray (Optional).
  • Smock or Bib (Optional).


  • Press the toilet paper rolls into whatever interesting shapes appeal to you or if you are feeling lazy, just use regular circle.  (I was aiming for hearts and stars, but Sweet Pea thought the “stars” were butterflies.)

  • Pour some craft paint into a small bowl so there is about 1/8 of an inch of paint at the bottom of the bowl.  It needs to be just deep enough to cling to the roll, but not so deep as to make a gigantic mess.
  • Put the paper, paint and toilet paper rolls in the jelly roll tray and sit near your tot.
  • Show your tot how to dip the toilet paper roll into the craft paint and then stamp the roll on the paper.


Observations:  Sweet Pea was very curious while I was setting this activity up and then enjoyed stamping the rolls for a little bit, but it didn’t hold her interest for very long.

I thought she would love this, but after 2 pieces of paper, she was done.  I squeezed  a couple more toilet paper rolls into new shapes and offered other paint colors, but nothing made her want to continue.

I know a lot of other bloggers have reported success with this activity, but it just didn’t work for us.  I don’t know if Sweet Pea was just having an off day or if maybe she was a little too old for it.  We do a lot of regular painting and I got the impression that she might have just preferred the normal paint brush.  This activity was easy to set up though, so it might be worth trying if you have a younger tot.

Notes from the Trenches: This was a little messy, but we didn’t run into any problems.  Then again, Sweet Pea probably didn’t do it long enough for any problems to arise.

Rating: 3 Stars *(Easy, Independent, Frugal)

Carnivals: Linked up to It’s Playtime at hands on : as we grow.



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