12 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids Based on Children’s Books

Fun elementary classroom activity or homeschool coop idea: making toilet paper roll crafts for kids that go along with children’s books!

Is anyone looking to make toilet paper roll crafts that tie in with children’s books?

Hey y’all, Tiffany here.

I’ve been hoarding toilet paper rolls ever since I wrote the post about fun post Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids To Do. I realized the other day that I have more empty toilet paper tubes than full toilet paper rolls in my house.

It’s a bit embarrassing.

I’ve also begun looking for fun ideas for co-op classes to go along with the LEGO Challenges and Activities for Kids that I like to do.

It occurred to me that I could kill two birds with one stone with empty toilet paper roll crafts! I can teach an elementary co-op class where we read a children’s book aloud together, and then make toilet paper roll crafts about it! It’s a win-win!

Although y’all know me – fun craft is NOT my strength.

So I reached out to some of my extremely creative blogging friends, and lo and behold, they have some great ideas!

You should also check out these adorable tissue paper crafts for kids


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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Children’s Books

This is our list of children’s books that have a fun and easy way to do toilet paper roll crafts to go along with it. I’ve also made it easy for you to get the book on Amazon if you don’t have it already! And let me tell you, doing these crafts with your kids is so much fun!

If you like making crafts with your kids, check out these 20 pinecone crafts and 34 mason jar crafts.


1. There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System

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Learn all about outer space with Dr. Seuss’s popular cat as he travels the galaxy in There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System. Keep kids entertained in rocket crafts using everyday materials like toilet paper rolls to create imaginative spacecraft.

Encourage children to unleash their creativity while learning about the mysteries of the universe through engaging activities like toilet paper roll crafts rockets.


2. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny

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Make this cute toilet paper roll bunny after reading the adorable book It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny.

“It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny” is a children’s book written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Roger Bollen. It follows the story of P.J. Funnybunny, a bunny who decides he doesn’t want to be a bunny anymore and goes on a journey to find a more suitable identity, ultimately realizing the value of being true to oneself.


3. How to Catch a Mermaid

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Teach the children How to Catch a Mermaid with the book, then help them make their own toilet paper roll mermaid.

“How to Catch a Mermaid” is a whimsical children’s book written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton. It’s a playful story that follows a group of children as they use creative and imaginative methods to try and catch a mermaid, filled with colorful illustrations and engaging storytelling.


4. Berenstain Bears and the Big Honey Hunt

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Read all about Papa Bear and the cubs following a bee to find the best honey. Then make your own toilet paper roll bumble bee!


“The Berenstain Bears and the Big Honey Hunt” is a classic children’s book written by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It tells the story of Papa Bear and Small Bear as they embark on a honey hunt adventure, encountering various obstacles and learning valuable lessons along the way, all depicted through charming illustrations and relatable storytelling.


5. Please, Mr. Panda

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Encourage children to remember their manners with Please, Mr. Panda. Help them remember to say please and thank you with this toilet paper roll panda.

“Please, Mr. Panda” is a delightful children’s book by Steve Antony. It follows Mr. Panda as he politely offers donuts to his animal friends, emphasizing the importance of manners and patience. With its simple yet effective message and bold illustrations, it’s a charming story that teaches children about the value of politeness and consideration.


6. A House for Hermit Crab

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Hermit Crab needs a house! Join him on his adventure, then make this cute toilet paper roll crab.

“A House for Hermit Crab” is a beloved children’s book by Eric Carle. It follows the journey of a hermit crab as he searches for a new home, encountering various sea creatures along the way who help him decorate and make his shell feel like home. With its vibrant illustrations and engaging storyline, the book teaches children about change, friendship, and the importance of adapting to new situations.


7. Peter Rabbit

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Read all about how Peter Rabbit loves getting into the farmer’s garden. Then use toilet paper rolls to make your own garden!

“Peter Rabbit” is a timeless children’s book character created by Beatrix Potter. The series follows the adventures of Peter, a mischievous and adventurous young rabbit, and his friends in the English countryside. With its charming illustrations and delightful storytelling, the “Peter Rabbit” series has captured the hearts of readers for generations, imparting valuable lessons about friendship, responsibility, and the wonders of nature.


8. The Color Monster

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Teach children all about big feelings with the book The Color Monster. Afterwards, continue your explorations by making different color monsters out of toilet paper rolls.

“The Color Monster” is a touching children’s book written by Anna Llenas. It tells the story of a confused and overwhelmed monster who is helped by a friend to understand and sort out his jumbled emotions, each represented by a different color. Through its vivid illustrations and gentle narrative, the book offers a valuable lesson about recognizing and managing emotions, making it a wonderful resource for children learning about their feelings.


9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Join the Very Hungry Caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a butterfly. Then create your own hungry caterpillar with toilet paper rolls!

You can also use toilet paper rolls to paint a caterpillar instead.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a beloved children’s book by Eric Carle. It follows the journey of a caterpillar as it eats its way through a variety of foods before transforming into a beautiful butterfly. With its colorful collage-style illustrations and simple yet engaging storytelling, the book has captivated young readers for generations, while also teaching valuable lessons about counting, days of the week, and the life cycle of a butterfly.


10. The Lorax

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This Lorax Toilet Paper Roll Craft is a great activity to do with your kids after reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Use this opportunity to talk to your kids about protecting the trees!

You should also check out these 40 Dr. Seuss Crafts and Activities for Kids.


11. Hello World! Ocean Life

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Geared specifically for the youngest of children, you can explore the ocean with the book Hello World! Ocean Life. Then help them create this adorable ocean toilet paper roll craft.

“Hello World! Ocean Life” is an engaging children’s book that introduces young readers to the wonders of ocean ecosystems. With its vibrant illustrations and simple text, the book explores various marine creatures and their habitats, sparking curiosity and appreciation for the diversity of life beneath the waves. It’s a delightful educational resource that encourages a love for the ocean and its inhabitants.


12. Pete the Cat

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Read any Pete the Cat book and then make your own Pete!

“Pete the Cat” is a popular children’s book series created by James Dean and Eric Litwin. It follows the adventures of Pete, a cool and laid-back cat who navigates various situations with a positive attitude and a love for music. With its catchy rhymes, colorful illustrations, and messages of resilience and optimism, the series has captured the hearts of young readers and parents alike, making Pete a beloved character in children’s literature.


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