On the 5th day of Christmas, Rose3 gave to me…
Full planned for members at Rose3.
A4 “Christmassy” coloured card. (Metallic looks great)
Fold the paper in half and cut slits approximately 2.5 cm apart, more slits for more skilled children, from the fold toward edge. Do not cut right through! This forms the base for the weaving
Paper strips about 2.5 cm wide in Christmas paper or wrap (recycled is great!)
Glue or tape to attach strips.
Depending on their age and developmental stage the children will be able to cut the slits in the card and cut the paper strips for weaving.
Show them how to weave strips in and out of the weaving “base” strips. (weaving is a very difficult skill and does take some practice. All attempts are great.)
When they are satisfied with their weaving attach the ends of each paper strip to the back of the base with a spot of glue or tape. This experience was done with 3, 5 and 7 year olds.
Laminating these make great Christmas place mats or gifts. They could be made available at all times for children to choose at the collage area, once they know the basics of weaving.
The Christmas wrapping paper strips inspire some other Christmas decoration creation.