Science Projects with Cardboard Tubes

Here are over 20 science projects for kids using cardboard tubes! In this collection of STEM and STEAM activities for kids, you’ll find all kinds of creative ways to encourage scientific exploration using empty toilet paper rolls, empty paper towel rolls and other cardboard tubes.

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We often use cardboard tubes for crafts (like with these adorable hanging bats) or for creative play (like in our car-themed sensory bin), but they can also be used to encourage children to explore the world around them. So grab some toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, or wrapping paper roll tubes and get busy creating all kinds of fun and engaging science activities!

 

Don’t want to repurpose old cardboard tubes? You can also buy recycled craft rolls in sets.

 

Science Projects Using Cardboard Tubes

science projects for kids using cardboard tubes

Homemade Spectroscope

Exploring Sound with Homemade Rainsticks

DIY Kaleidoscope

 

 

science projects for kids using cardboard tubes

Homemade Kazoo Craft

Cloud Watching Binocular Craft

Hexbug Mazes and Tracks

 

 

 

science activities for kids using cardboard tubes like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

Egg Drop Challenge

Cardboard Tube Marble Run STEM Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands

Upcycled Catapult from Go Science Girls

 

 
science activities for kids using cardboard tubes like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

STEM Challenge: Build a Bridge from Inspiration Laboratories

Owl Eyesight STEM Exploration from JDaniel4’sMom

Homemade Bubble Blower from Happy Hooligans

 

 

science activities for kids using cardboard tubes like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

Building Challenge: Design Play Structures for Toys from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Pulley Engineering STEAM Activity from Left Brain Craft Brain

Paper Plate Marble Track from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

 

 

science activities for kids using cardboard tubes like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge from Left Brain Craft Brain

Hand Crank Winch Simple Machine Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands

Gardening with Kids: Seed Starting from Rainy Day Mum

 

science activities for kids using cardboard tubes like toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls

Balloon Rocket from Mum in the Madhouse

DIY Constellation Viewer from School Time Snippets

Moon Phase Viewer from What Do We Do All Day?


Be sure to check out STEAM Kids book and ebook for even more creative STEM and STEAM ideas!

STEAM Kids: 50+ STEAM STEM activities for kids

 

Science Projects for Kids Using Cardboard Tubes

 

Science Projects for Kids using Cardboard Tubes: STEM / STEAM activities for children made from toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls! Make kazoos, kaleidoscopes, binoculars, rainsticks, and more!

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