It may not be the trendy thing to say, but I love Christmas and I particularly love all the build up excitement. I see nothing wrong with starting off all the Christmas crafts and activities as soon as Halloween is out of the way and that’s certainly what we’re doing here this year.
I’m trying to come up with activities that the children can get involved in which are not only fun, but also have an educational value. If they also produce something that can be used as a Christmas decoration or gift then even better.
To kick off all my festive crafting I came up with a washi tape Christmas card design, based on some similar ones that I’d seen on etsy and Pinterest.
All you need to make Washi Tape Christmas Cards is:
In terms of what to do – it couldn’t really be any simpler. Cut the tape into pieces the desired length to make a tree shape. Stick it onto the card. Add a star to the top. If you’re going advanced – possibly find some tape coloured such that you can make a trunk for the tree. If you’re feeling really flash and have some present shaped stickers that I’ve seen online you could even add gifts under the tree.
I made one of these and then gave it to Little Miss C along with the materials to make one herself, and it was fascinating to see how she got on. Not only was it good practice at using scissors to cut the tape, but she also had to think about how, if she started at the bottom of the tree, she needed to cut each piece a bit shorter than the one before.
What she actually did, without any prompting from me at all, was put a piece of tape on top of the piece on my card that she was trying to copy, cut it when it was the desired length, then peel it off my card and put it on hers. I thought that was rather genius myself. She then also decorated them further with felt-tip pen to add baubles.
It certainly was a great little post-school craft activity that got her in the Christmas spirit, taught her a bit about lengths and sizes of things, and also provided us with some handmade Christmas cards to send to people next month. If she hadn’t decided to put her name across the front of each card in huge red letters I’d have shared pictures of her finished cards!
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