Telescopes for Kids

I am always trying to come with new ideas for toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Recently we made a fun telescope with removable slides! It’s actually quite easy to make.


  • paper towel roll (or an old Pringles can or other large cylindrical container)
  • paints
  • marker
  • xacto knife (adult use only)
  • a sheet of acetate


  1. Use the cylinder as a template and trace a circle onto the sheet of acetate.
  2. Add a rectangle to the top half of the circle to create the slide shape. This will work as a handle of sorts, and allow your child to pull the slides in and out of their telescope.

    Carefully cut out the shape.

  3. Paint the telescope and the scenery onto your slides. We used regular acrylic paints for our slides and spray paint for the telescope body.
  4. Using an xacto, cut a slit halfway through your telescope. This is where the slides will go.
  5. Insert your slide, and you’re done.

Time to play and let your imaginations run wild!