Saturday, 24 July 2010

Making Paper Chains

Ever since Lily Jade was born, I must admit, the boys spend a lot of time in front of the telly, and that is A LOT of time in front of the telly! And every now and then, I get struck by overwhelming guilt and come up with something really random - some kind of activity for them. Be it art and craft, just scribbling in a bit of paper, counting pasta shells or helping me in the kitchen. It just depends on what I'm doing at that time and what I have in front or around me.

So last week, I was clearing out junk mail and magazines, and here's what we came up with: Making Paper Chains.

It's simple really, you need a pair of scissors, strips of paper roughly cut up to 3cm by 12cm and some sticky tape.

Bring the two ends of each strip together and secure it with a bit of sticky tape, making a ring. With another strip, feed it through the hole and make another ring. Repeat until you get the length you're happy with.

This is not rocket science, but it keeps them occupied, OK maybe for just 20 minutes and helps with dexterity and fine motor skills. And that's 20 minutes less of TV time. AND it uses recycled materials.

And now what??

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maggie said...

so handsome the 2 boys.. Lachie got the same shirt as Joel.. :)) but i bought it from Malaysia.. hahah..

Grace said...

I was going to comment the same thing on your blog when I saw Joel wearing that shirt.... but thought hey there are so MANY striped shirts out there, it could just be a similar looking one. BUT OMG, Joel and Lachlan has got so many of the same things!!! We got it from Malaysia too. LOL!