This holiday wreath is super-easy to make. As a bonus, it adds in a few other lessons for your child to learn:
· Math- Shape and pattern. The circle shape and ribbon pattern that she’ll make can build budding mathematics skills.
· Colors – Name the colors of ribbon as your child works.
· Sensory exploration – Use different textures of ribbon. I choose a sheer, gauze type of ribbon along with silky versions. Pick a few different types that your child likes, and encourage her to feel the differences.
· Environment – Discuss why you are reusing cardboard. Explain that instead of tossing it in the trash; you can transform it into something new.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Reused cardboard – I used a pizza box lid, but you can use the side of any other type of box.
· A marker
· Clear drying school glue
· Thick wire-edged ribbon – The wire on the edges will help the ribbon hold its shape and make it easy to ‘poof’ up.
· Thin ribbon in Halloween colors – orange, black, green
· Model magic
· Googley eyes
· Cotton balls
Here’s What to Do:
1. Draw a circle onto the cardboard with a marker. Make it a double or bubble circle and have your child draw a smaller version in the middle.
2. Cut the circle out. Cutting through thick cardboard may be a challenge for little fingers. Although I usually advocate being hands-off when it comes to kids’ art activities, this time you will want to take over. You will have a slim donut shape when you’re done cutting.
3. Wrap the thick wire-edged ribbon around the circle. Glue the ends down on the back.
4. Create a pattern with the ribbon. Cut strands of the thin ribbon. Have your child weave it around the wreath, creating colorful patterns.
5. Tie the ends of the ribbons at the bottom of the wreath. This is a prime opportunity to work on shoe tying.
6. Pull cotton balls apart to make spider webs. Wrap the strands around the wreath.
7. Roll the Model Magic into balls to make eyes. Your child can use her palms to make mini spheres.
8. Press googley eyes into the Model Magic.
9. Glue the eyes onto the wreath. Move the ribbon aside so that the glue is on the cardboard. The Model Magic is too heavy to stick onto the ribbon without falling off.
10. Hang your child’s spooky Halloween craft!
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