This super simple fake TNT dynamite prop will be the perfect addition to any superhero, spy or video game role play.

What You Need:

  • 3x kitchen roll tubes (or a wrapping paper tube cut into 3)
  • Tin foil
  • String
  • Red paint (see our DIY paint recipe here)
  • Black marker pen (or felt tip pen)
  • Pencil
  • Thin black pen (a biro is fine)
  • Masking tape (or sellotape or washi tape)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Newspaper (or scrap paper)
  • A black pipe cleaner (or small bit of wire with sharp edges removed)
  • A 5-8cm square of white card or paper

How To Make:

  1. First start by painting all three kitchen roll tubes in red paint and leave aside to dry.
  2. Then draw a circle on your small square of white card/paper. You can draw around something circular if you find it hard to draw a circle shape freehand. Cut it out.
  3. Then draw a clock face onto the piece of cut out card (TEACHING TIP – see below). Put aside for now.
  4. Taking your pipe cleaner or wire, wind it around your finger or a pencil to make a spiral shape. Put aside for now.
  5. If your kitchen roll tubes are dry bundle them together and tape at each end to secure them in place.
  6. Using your black marker pen (or felt tip) colour in the tape. If you ave used sellotape you may need to use paint if your pens don’t stick to the tape. Alternatively you can skip this stage.
  7. Next glue your pipe cleaner (or wire) and clock face onto the side of your dynamite.
  8. Then taking some old newspaper or scrap paper fill all the ends of the tubes. This will be to stop the tin foil slipping down the tube.
  9. Rip off 6 small 10cm (approx) squares of tin foil and scrunch into balls. Then flatten the balls.
  10. Pop 3 of the flattened balls into one end of each three tubes.
  11. With the remaining tin foil poke a hole using something sharp (adult supervision recommended) and then feed a piece of string around 5cm in length through the hole. Secure the string at one end with some tape.Repeat for the other two.
  12. Now pop these into the 3 open ends of the tubes with the untaped string facing outwards.
  13. Finally to finish off use your marker pen to write TNT onto the sides of the dynamite.
  14. And you’re ready to have some BANGtastic fun!

This is a perfect opportunity to talk about the concept of time and telling the time.

KS1 children can:

  • Learn to draw the numbers on a clock face
  • Learn keywords related to time and telling the time
  • Introduce telling the time to the hour and half past and where the hands go on a clock face
  • Then progress to quarter past and quarter to and where the hands go on a clock face
  • Talk about the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day
  • Tell the time when asked (based on above learned skills)

KS2 children can:

  • Learn 12 hour and 24 hour clocks and talk about morning, noon, afternoon, midnight and am/pm.
  • Introduce Roman numerals from I to XII
  • Look at both analogue and digital clocks & learn to read both
  • Introduce telling the time at other intervals such as (5 past, 10 to, 16 minutes past etc) and where the hands go on a clock face
  • Tell the time when asked (based on above learned skills)

Don’t worry if your child struggles to tell the time. It is a very tricky concept for children to learn but practice and frequent exposure is a great way to boost confidence and skills.

We always recommend wearing an apron or old clothes for any crafts.