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Simple paper tubes can be transformed into adorable and beloved story characters your child recognizes and loves. Make hula girls, pirates, super heroes, or hip rock stars and fierce dinosaurs to entertain kids and kick up their imagination a notch. Not only are these playful crafts great for pretend play, they also make fantastic recycled crafts.

What are your favorite paper tube projects to make with the kids?

Where the Wild Things Are Paper Tube Characters (via hello, Wonderful)
Fans of Max and the Wild Things will love these realistic paper tubes from the iconic and popular children’s book.

Hula and Mermaid Girl Paper Tube (via Pink Stripey Socks)
These have got to be the cutest BFF’s we’ve ever seen. Find out how to make these adorable girls for a fun and beachy summer craft.

Pom Pom Superheroes (via Handmade Charlotte)
These quirky and cute superheroes with signature mops of hair are ready for any adventures to to save the day!

Little Red Riding Hood Paper Tube Characters (via Red Ted Art)
Bring your favorite childhood fairytale alive with Little Red Riding Hood and her brood of lively and mischievous characters.

Rock Star Paper Tubes (via Coocoolo)
Hip kids will love these cool dudes that are ready to play and rock n’ roll.

Hello Kitty Paper Tubes (via Love and Marriage)
Everyone’s favorite kitty comes alive in true fashion in this easy paper tube craft with adorable signature hair bowties.

Ballerina Paper Tube Craft (via Easy Peasy and Fun)
Who doesn’t love a cute ballerina? Find out how to make your own lovable ballerina dressed up in a pretty tulle skirt.

Paper Tube Dinosaurs (via The Craft Train)
These fierce dinosaurs are quite lovable actually and are ready for some roaring fun!

Star Wars Paper Tube Characters (via hello, Wonderful)
Fans young and old of the famous Star Wars movie will appreciate these detailed characters straight out of the movie.

Pirate Paper Tubes (via Mollymoo Crafts)
Ahoy Matey! Take the kids on a fun pirate adventure with these adorable paper tube pirates and mascot parrot friends.

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.