DIY pirate telescope

Every little pirate needs their own telescope. This DIY pirate telescope is really simple to make and is great for pirate fancy dress and play. My son loves his and it provides hours of play whilst he runs around looking for buried treasure!

You will need

3 cardboard tubes
(either 3 tp rolls or one large tube cut in 3 equal lengths)
Gold paint
Black paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Glue gun

Take your 3 lengths of cardboard roll and paint them in your gold paint.

take your scissors and cut a straight line through each of your cardboard rolls. If you wish to paint the inside of your telescope now is the perfect time! By blu-tacking your telescope down to a surface, you can easily paint the inside without getting any paint on the outside that you have already painted.

Roll your first carboard tube back up ensuring that it is wider at the top than it is at the bottom. Secure it in place using your glue gun.

take your second tube. Roll it tight and insert it in to the first tube, Let go of it so that it springs out to fit snugly inside the first tube. Ensuring the top part of the tube doesn’t slip, take the second tube out and glue the top part down. Roll the bottom so that it slightly narrower than it is up the top and glue it in place. Place a small amount of glue inside the first tube and secure the second tube back inside

Repeat the previous step with the third tube, ensuring again that it is smaller at the bottom than the top.

Take your black paint and paint bands around the edges and joins of your telescope. And your telescope is finished!
Why not expand on this activity by creating your own treasure map!

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