Here's a fun use for old toilet paper tubes and a shoebox: a little photo toy house! Here's what I did:
1. Took full length pictures of everyone in our family. I re-sized the photos to what seemed to be about the right length for toilet paper tubes and printed them off, leaving plenty of blank space on both sides of the photos. I wrapped the photos around the tube and affixed them with a glue stick. I trimmed the tubes where necessary.3. Found an old picture of our living room that my mother-in-law had taken, resized it to the approximate size of the shoe box, printed it off and glued it to the inside of the shoebox.
Altogether, it took me less than 45 minutes to put it together. I wasn't terribly precise and I could have spent more time making it pretty, but really all I wanted was a fun new toy for my daughter to play with during her blanket playtime.
She loves pictures of people she knows- I think I might try to get some full-length photos of relatives over the holidays and add to the set!