Paper Chain Decorations

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Have fun making paper chain decorations and develop your scissor skills.

What you need:

  • Wax crayons, felt tips, paint, oil pastels etc.

  • Plain paper (you can also use construction paper or wrapping paper)

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Tape or glue

What to do:

  1. EITHER: Use wax crayons, felt tips etc. to decorate a piece of plain paper in any way you like.

    Top tip:
    Covering all of the paper with lots of different colours will make your finished paper chain more vibrant.

    OR: Choose the pieces of coloured construction/wrapping paper that you want to use.

  2. Use a ruler and a pen to draw, or dot, straight lines across your paper, from one side to the other. (You may need to ask someone to help you do this.)

    Top tip: Straight lines are the easiest to cut along. Try challenging your cutting skills by drawing curvy or zig-zag lines across the paper.

  3. Cut along the lines you have drawn to make strips of paper.

    Top tip: Use your "helping hand", the hand you are not holding your scissors in, to hold and turn the paper as you cut.

  4. Take one strip of paper and bend it into a loop/ring. Tape or glue the ends together.

    Top tip: If you are using glue, paper-clip the two ends of loop together until the glue is dry.

  5. Get another strip of paper and thread it through the loop that you have just made. Tape or glue the ends of the strip together.

  6. Continue making loops out of strips of paper until your paper chain is as long as you want it.

  7. Hang your paper chain decoration up, or use it to wrap around something, e.g. branches.

Remember paper chains can be a fire hazard if they are hung over lamps, candles, or a fireplace.

Activity develops:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Scissor skills. These develop fine motor strength, bilateral co-ordination (the ability to co-ordinate the movement of both hands together) and visual motor integration (in this case communication between the eyes and the hands)
  • Language skills
  • Creativity

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