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This week the theme for the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids is friendship and the featured book is Should I Share my Ice Cream by Mo Willems. To accompany the book my 4 year old made these beautiful Paper Tube Friendship Bracelets using things we already had around the house.

You can find out more about the book club along with details on how you can join in here.

paper tube friendship bracelets

In the book Gerald can’t decide whether to share his ice cream with his best friend Piggie and has a timely decision to make. The book is a wonderful way to discuss friendships and the rewards of sharing with young children and great for early readers.

Whilst making these bracelets we talked about our friends and who we would be making these for. This simple friendship craft can be made using so many different materials but I stuck with glitter and sequins to keep it simple.

You will need:

  • Paper tubes
  • Scissors
  • Glitter pens
  • Sticker sequins
  • …..or anything else you have in your craft supplies, paints, pens, stickers, glue, buttons, tissue paper, felt etc


To start with we cut the paper tubes in half and then made a snip down the middle length ways so they form a cuff that is a perfect size for children.

paper tube friendship bracelets

I had thought about covering them in plain white paper first but this proved to much effort so we keep the tubes plain and I picked dark enough stickers and glitter pens to show up against the cardboard.


Georgia then set to work decorating each bracelet and taking a long time deciding exactly how each one look depending on which friend it was for. Each sequin and stroke of glitter was well thought about and she even designed one of herself.

Not wanting to be left out Jack had a go as well although he didn’t decorate the tubes and was more interested in just squeezing the glitter glue pens on to the paper.

paper tube friendship bracelets

We left them overnight so the glue could dry and she can’t wait to hand them out to her friends next week. She even gave one to her Dad who will wear it with pride I’m sure!

paper tube friendship bracelets

More Should I Share My Ice Cream Activities:

Check out more fun ideas for the book Should I Share My Ice Cream from the Kids Virtual Book Club co-hosts.

paper tube friendship bracelets

paper tube friendship bracelets

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