August 3, 2011

What Should I Do With This?!

Here are my two items for the What Should I Do With This?! Linky party!

The first one is something I'm sure many of us have- paper towel rolls. I had them on my list of craft supplies list a few years ago for my parents, and now I have a box full. I hate to throw them out, but I'm running low on new creative ideas of things to do with them!

The second thing is a set of Wilton 101 Cookie Cutters I found at a garage sale over the summer for $2! (This isn't a picture of my set, I already brought mine to school, but it's the same ones.) I couldn't pass the deal up, and I know lots of things I could do with them in my own kitchen, but I'm at a loss of what to do with them besides cut playdough at school. Any ideas?

Leave me some ideas of what to do with these and be sure to link up on my linky party with your own "What Should I Do With This?!" items!


  1. During our space unit we use one paper towel roll and 3 toilet paper rolls to make a space ship. I staple the 3 tp rolls around the bottom of the pt roll and then the kids paint them. The 3 tp rolls are like the rocket boosters. We use triangle cups for water for the tips and paper for flames out the back. It is great to hang around the room and in the hallway to start the unit.

  2. I don't know if your school uses Everyday Math, but in Everyday Math we make number scrolls that can get pretty long. I use the paper towel rolls to store the rolled up scrolls. Also, I know a teacher who had her students create an invention during a social studies unit (I can't remember exactly what it was) and she gave them paper towel and toilet paper rolls as an option for building materials. Hope that helps :)


  3. Thanks Amy and Abby! Those are some great ideas! Abby- we do use Everyday Math- the rolls will work perfectly to keep their number scrolls.

    Be sure to link up to my link party below if you girls have anything you're trying to figure out what to do with! :)

  4. I'm so glad you have a picture of toilet paper rolls. I don't do many crafts in my classroom, but I'm almost famous for using toilet paper rolls! :) Here's two ideas...

    or I actually have a book full of different animal parts that you could easily give to the children to color and follow the instructions to make their own toilet paper animals.

    for the easy printable versions, go to
    they're called "Paper Tube Animals"

    I use these when I'm teaching a science unit. In Kindergarten, I used them when I was teaching a letter of the alphabet, "A is for Alligator."

    Good luck! :)

  5. Hi there! I came across your blog this morning! Idea for the cookie cutters could be to have the kids trace the shapes (like a stencil) and inside they could write adjectives that describe that shape. Or maybe they write spelling words? You could even use them for small shape poems? I hope these ideas help! Im your newest follower! Stop on over to my blog and check it out! I'm a newbie and hoping for more readers!


  6. Hi Mrs. Luna and Sarah! Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas and thanks for following! Feel free to add your own "What Do I Do With This?!" posts to my linky party above! :)