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Toilet Paper Roll Mouse Craft

Cardboard tube crafts are classics because they’re fun, cheap and kids love ‘em!

Make this adorable toilet paper roll mouse craft with the kids for farm animal themes, M is for mouse themes or anytime you want an easy kids craft. It’s our newest animal craft for kids!

This mouse craft comes with a free printable template that makes it super simple to make with preschool, kindergarten and elementary aged children.

Watch our quick video tutorial to see exactly how to make it or read our step by step direction, then make with your kids or students.

Recycled Mouse Craft

Cardboard tube mouse craft image collage with words “recycled mouse craft” in the middle

Supplies

  • Cardboard tube
  • Colored paper (in gray, pink, black and white)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • Glue dots (optional)
  • Mouse template (download form located at the end of this post)

Related: Brown Paper Bag Mouse Craft

Directions

Download the mouse template and cut out the pieces. We suggest printing the mouse body and eyes on plain computer paper, not cardstock. It’s much easier to wrap thin paper around the toilet paper roll.

Hands holding toilet paper roll mouse template

Glue the eyes just above the mouse’s nose, one on either side.

Hands gluing eyes onto toilet paper roll craft

Place the white belly below the mouth and glue in place. Use scissors to trim off any excess paper that goes off of the cardboard tube.

Hand gluing white belly onto cardboard tube mouse craft

Use glue or tape to secure the mouse’s body to the toilet paper roll.

Hands taping mouse paper craft onto toilet paper roll

Glue the pink inner ear to the gray outer ear. We find it easiest to smash the tubes slightly in order to make them more flat before moving on to the next step.

Hands gluing pink inner ear to gray outer ear of mouse craft

Take the completed ears and glue them to the top of the cardboard tube. We prefer to use a glue dot for each ear since they’re strong and there’s no drying time.

Hand gluing ears onto toilet paper roll mouse

Now you have a cute little mouse craft!

Two toilet paper roll mice crafts

Farm Animal Themed Unit

We often get emails asking if we have any other activities or crafts that go with the crafts we share. Most often the answer is yes!

To put together a quick farm animal-themed unit, we have a few suggestions.

First, if you’re working with preschool and kindergarten children, we recommend these farm animal printables.

These worksheets and activities will help kids work on the alphabet, fine motor skills, handwriting, and more. Plus, they’re fun to do!

Hand holding gray cardboard tube craft

After some structured learning, let the kids have some open-ended play with this farm animal small world play. It’s great for letting those little imaginations run wild and create new connections through hands-on play.

Next, grab some of these farm animal books from your shelf or the library and read to the kids. They’re fun and engaging and help kids develop their vocabulary.

If your kids love coloring, give these farm coloring pages a shot as well.

Finally, pick a few of your favorite farm animal crafts, like this mouse craft and this paper plate horse craft, this cow craft, or this paper bag cat craft.

These are just a few ways you can expand on this cute mouse craft. We hope your child or students have tons of fun!

Two cardboard tube mice

Share With Us

Did you make this mouse craft with your kids or students? If you did, we would love to see the final project! 

Snap a quick picture and post it to our Facebook page or join our private Facebook group and show us in there!

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Two cardboard tube mice

Paper Roll Mouse Craft

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute and simple toilet paper roll mouse craft with the kids!

Materials

  • Cardboard tube
  • Colored paper (in gray, pink, black and white)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • Glue dots (optional)
  • Mouse template (download form located at the end of this post)

Instructions

  1. Download the mouse template and cut out the pieces. We suggest printing the mouse body and eyes on plain computer paper, not cardstock. It’s much easier to wrap the thin paper around the toilet paper roll.
  2. Glue the eyes just above the mouse’s nose, one on either side.
  3. Place the white belly below the mouth and glue in place. Use scissors to trim off any excess paper that goes off of the cardboard tube.
  4. Use glue or tape to secure the mouse’s body to the toilet paper roll.
  5. Glue the pink inner ear to the gray outer ear. We find it easiest to smash the tubes slightly in order to make them flatter before moving on to the next step.
  6. Take the completed ears and glue them to the top of the cardboard tube. We prefer to use a glue dot for each ear since they’re strong and there’s no drying time.

Free Mouse Template

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